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Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the Freight Transport Association concerning tolls policy; what reply he has sent; and if he will make a statement.

The Freight Transport Association sent my right hon. Friend its recent pamphlet on tolls, and asked us to give it serious consideration. We are of course doing so, and will let it have our comments in due course. But it is very unlikely that there will be any change in the Government's policy that tolls should be charged on major esturial crossings where there are exceptional benefits to users.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give such information as is available to him as to which crossings in England and Wales charge tolls; and what the charges were at the latest available date.

Current tolls for the major English crossings are given as follows. There are several smaller privately-owned crossings at which tolls are charged, and I will write to the hon. Member with such information about them as is available. Tolled crossings in Wales are a matter for the Secretary of State for Wales.

CarsHeavy goods vehicles
Severn bridge20p40p
£4·50 to
Humber bridge£1·00£7·50
Mersey tunnel40p£1·00
Dartford tunnel50p£1·30
Itchen bridge30p£1·60
Tamar bridge40p90p to £1·80
Tyne tunnel40p80p