CHANGE TO TYNE TUNNELS TOLLS IN 2013
The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority has announced that tolls at the Tyne Tunnels will increase on 1st January 2013. This is in accordance with the toll rise plan set out before construction of the new vehicle tunnel began.
Car drivers will pay £1.60 per journey, an increase of 20p. Heavy goods drivers will pay £2.50, an increase of 50p per journey.
Paul Fenwick, Project Director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority, which owns the tunnels, said: “The increase in tolls is essential to finance the investment made in the New Tyne Crossing.
“Since both tunnels became operational in November 2011, journey times have reduced significantly and around 10,000 additional journeys are made through them every day. This demonstrates the benefits of the New Tyne Crossing to commuters and businesses.”
In September 2007, the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) set the toll strategy needed to fund the New Tyne Crossing project as follows:
Car/Light Van (less than or equal to 3500 kg)
Bus (less than or equal to 16 seats excluding driver)
1 January 2011 £1.20
1 January 2012 £1.40
1 January 2013 £1.60
1 January 2014 £1.60
LGV/Van (greater than 3500 kg) Bus (greater than 16 seats excluding driver)
1 January 2011 £1.50
1 January 2012 £2.00
1 January 2013 £2.50
1 January 2014 £3.20
When the original vehicle tunnel was opened in 1967 the toll for cars was 2s 6d, equivalent to £1.90 in today’s (2012) money.