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Meeting over bridge tolls future

Humber Bridge
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A delegation is to meet the transport minister as part of a long-running campaign calling on the government to abolish the Humber Bridge tolls.

In July the government said the tolls would remain at existing levels because of the current economic climate.

The bridge board had planned a 20p increase to help pay off the bridge's debt and is considering legal action to force a review of the decision.

The delegation will meet minister Sadiq Khan on 26 October.

Brigg and Goole MP Ian Cawsey and East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight will join council leaders, business leaders and regional representatives to argue the case for the abolition of the tolls.

A year-long trial of a reduced charge of £1 is also proposed.

Councillor Mark Kirk, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Never before has there been such a united front on this issue."

"The minister has listened so far. He had the vision and courage to reject the toll increase in July, sought by the Humber Bridge Board.

Mr Kirk claimed: "That decision alone benefited both Humber banks to the tune of £2m."

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