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John Westlake  says:

Humber Bridge toll victory. Where next?

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has managed to get the toll for bikes removed from the Humber Bridge. From April 1 2012 motorcycles will be able to cross the bridge free, instead of the normal £1.30. This is clearly excellent news, and follows years of hard work, meetings with the Humber Bridge Board, and a slow pay demonstration ride. In...

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ChimneyPortions

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Muppet

What muppet is going to turn up at 1 minute past midnight to find out it is probably an April Fools joke.

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ducatigav

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ducatigav says:

I bet its nothing to do with mag it’s to do with the long term plan of getting rid of the pay booths for an automated system and a government move to lower the cost of getting between to north and south banks as car have been made half price to try and land the wind turbine plant + others

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roadrider

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roadrider says:

The decision to have a toll free crossing for bikes was made long before the recent government decision to halve the bridge debt and pass on the remaining debt to the local councils to sort out.

This was partially helped by MAG petitioning etc, so well done to them.

But the wrong decision was made imho, it should have been made a toll free crossing for everyone, I suspect it would have been but for the economic climate limiting the goverments ability to wipe of the whole of the bridges debts.

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

You want a challenge?

Yes, Cartford bridge still charges as far as I know. Wheres that? Go on Google maps and put in Great Eccleston, Lancashire and its north of the village at the other side of the main road. Its about as long as an articulated lorry trailer! You did ask!

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

Where next??

Free road tax.

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billysollocks

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How about free crossings on the Euorotunnel? It's making next to feck all money, so why not....... 

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Juliet1200

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Juliet1200 says:

Not muppet

@ChimneyPortions - not an April Fool joke, and a decent turnout to celebrate the successful lobbying by East Yorks MAG

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-17577665

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ackers

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ackers says:

Cartford Bridge

Yes SatNavSteve - Cartford Bridge north of Great Eccleston!! Not only does it charge for motorcycles but the other day when I was out cycling in the area I got stopped after going over the bridge and asked for 50p. I only had a £20 note stowed away for my lunch but he still took it even though it took him 2 or 3 minutes to find enough change.

In the mean time the local kids were zooming backwards and forwards across the bridge on their BMXs with no demands on them for money!!

As pedestrians are free, if I had picked my bike up and carried across I would have saved the toll!! I did consider refusing to pay, cycling back across the bridge and then carrying across a third time. However as I am a fat lazy git I coughed up!!

I dont really mind it on the motorbike because it seems to be a bit of a throwback and reminds me of when I used to go across in the sidecar of my dads Sunbeam Lion. It's more of a nostalga trip really.

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NeiljohnUK

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NeiljohnUK says:

Itchen Toll Bridge, Southampton.

At the Woolston end of the bridge is a toll booth which is operational every day of the week. Southampton City Council levy a variable toll, 20p at ALL times for motorcycles, which depends on vehicle type. The toll was originally charged in order to help pay the £12.174 million it cost to build. The toll succeeded in this some years ago, but the toll remains to control the traffic in the areas surrounding the bridge. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-environment/roadsandparking/itchenbridge/ Concessions are available to residents of the City of Southampton, i.e. Southampton council tax payers only, for class 2 vehicles. (Motorcycles) The 20p concession in effect will allow free passage to eligible vehicles upon production of a valid permit. Eligible commuters must apply for the annual permit using the application form, providing proof of residency. The vehicle or rider must clearly display the valid permit on arrival at the toll booth, and wait for the traffic light to change to green before proceeding, otherwise the rider will be required to pay the normal toll, currently 20p. Exemption from the toll can only be claimed by showing the permit at the time of each crossing. So elimination of the 20p charge for non-residents will improve the flow for residents as well!

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NeiljohnUK

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NeiljohnUK says:

Agreed!

eatcs01 says "Where next?? Free road tax." As my F650GS pollutes less than a car and uses less petrol, why should I pay £70 tax a year when more polluting and consuming cars only cost £30?

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