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Meeting to discuss bridge tolls

Humber Bridge
Mr Stuart wants an inquiry to see if the tolls can be removed

An East Riding MP is to meet transport secretary Sadiq Khan to discuss the future of the Humber Bridge tolls.

Graham Stuart wants the government to consider reducing the toll to £1 for 12 months, with a view to eventually abolishing the charges.

Last month the Department for Transport announced the tolls would remain at £2.70 for cars.

The Humber Bridge Board had proposed increasing them to £2.90 per vehicle to help pay off the bridge's £333m debt.

Mr Stuart, who represents Beverley and Holderness, said a proposed trial of a £1 charge could be followed by a study of traffic levels in order to discover the impact on reducing the tolls.

He also wants the government to set up an inquiry into the issues surrounding the bridge tolls and its debt.

Mr Stuart said the meeting would be held in November.

He said: "I was delighted when the proposal to increase the tolls was rejected, but we cannot rest on our laurels.

"We need to look into the feasibility of abolishing the tolls altogether, or at least reducing them significantly."

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