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'Damaging' effect of bridge tolls

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

Businesses in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are badly affected by the Humber Bridge tolls, a new study has revealed.

More than 200 companies spend a combined total of 1.2m crossing the bridge each year said the report by Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

Tolls on the Humber Bridge, are among the highest in the country.

Carol Thomsett, from the Chamber of Commerce, said: "The tolls are a brake on the success of our local economy."

Of the companies asked, 87% said the tolls had a detrimental impact on their business and 82% wanted them to be totally abolished.

A return car journey costs 5.40.

This is not the first time such calls have been made.

Last month, the Federation of Small Businesses met with transport minister, Rosie Winterton, who is MP for Doncaster, with a dossier detailing why Humber Bridge fares should be axed.


Call to scrap Humber tolls

As well as business, four local authorities in the region, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council are calling for change to the tolls.

The Humber Bridge Board which runs the bridge have recently planned to increase the tolls.

Mrs Thomsett added: "The Humber Bridge has failed in its original purpose of uniting the two banks of the river because of the high tolls.

"Directly or indirectly, they affect most businesses in the region by increasing their costs, making it harder for them to compete for business and making it more difficult for them to recruit staff."

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