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New calls to abolish bridge toll

Humber Bridge
Business leaders have called for the tolls to be scrapped

Business leaders across Yorkshire have renewed their calls for tolls on the Humber Bridge to be scrapped after meeting with a government minister.

Now a dossier outlining the case for ditching the tolls is being drawn up by the Federation of Small Businesses.

The group met transport minister and Doncaster MP Rosie Winterton to put its case. The minister told the group she would look at their submissions.

No one was available from the Humber Bridge Board for comment.

Tony Cherry, a Sheffield businessman, said: "Ms Winterton told us she was there as a facilitator for the regional economy.

"She listened carefully about our campaign for Humber Bridge tolls to be abolished and said that, if we prepared a document on our business case for this, she will consider its contents."

The Humber Bridge tolls act as a barrier between trade on either side of the estuary
Businessman Dick Herzberg

The federation has been campaigning for Humber Bridge tolls to be scrapped after conducting surveys following the Scottish Executive's abolition of tolls on the Forth and Tay Bridges.

Dick Herzberg, who runs a company exporting heavy earth moving equipment, said: "The Humber Bridge tolls act as a barrier between trade on either side of the estuary.

"They add to congestion and pollution and hinder economic growth as drivers make detours to dodge paying and avoid small businesses including local shops, hotels, cafes, restaurants and garages en-route".

"The fact that many businesses drive round rather than pay the tolls - even with the current high cost of petrol - is a huge waste and an unnecessary harm to the local environment."

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