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Tolls (Estuaries)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list in the Official Report each toll paying crossing of an estuary; and by what date he anticipates the cost of each estuarial crossing will be repaid at current rates of income and interest on the capital used.

The five English tolled estuary crossings are the Severn and Tamar Bridges and the Dart-ford, Mersey and Tyne Tunnels. Tolls on the trunk road Severn Bridge are under review, but I expect all costs to be repaid by 2006, the end of the statutory toll period. Repayment at the other crossings is a matter in the first instance for the responsible local authorities within the provisions of the relevant local Acts.