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Humber Bridge: Tolls

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact of freezing the levels of Humber Bridge tolls on (a) businesses, (b) jobs and (c) inward investment in the Yorkshire and Humber region; (306306)

(2) what his reasons were for rejecting proposed increases in toll charges on the Humber Bridge in 2010.

The decision not to accept the 2009 toll increase was taken in the context of the Government doing everything they can to protect communities and businesses from the economic downturn and to assist economic recovery.

We are undertaking a Department for Transport appraisal of the reports commissioned by the relevant local authorities in relation to the economic impact of the Humber Bridge tolls on the region.