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Electronic tolls get green light
Tamar Bridge
The Tamar Bridge carries about 40,000 vehicles a day
Tickets for users of the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferries, which provide a link between Cornwall and Devon, will soon be a thing of the past.

They will be replaced by electronic tagging under a scheme costing 1.8m.

The manager for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferries put the case forward for electronic toll collection to councillors in Truro on Friday.

Books of tickets would be replaced by windscreen tags which could be topped up as and when required.

A consultation exercise should start in October with the public's views sought in November.

Users of both services will be consulted about issues such as methods of payment, such as payment over the Internet, or by direct debit or credit card.

The new payment scheme could be implemented in December next year.

The Tamar Bridge, which opened in 1961, carries about 40,000 vehicles a day.

A boat link between Torpoint and Plymouth has existed since 1791 with the first chain ferry going into service in 1832.

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