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Bridge tolls 'set for 18 months'

Humber Bridge
The transport minister said tolls should remain the same

Humber Bridge tolls could be frozen for at least the next 18 months after a meeting between the bridge board and transport minister Sadiq Khan.

Board officials wanted to increase toll charges in order to pay off the bridge's £330m debt.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said tolls would remain at £2.70 for cars in light of the current economic climate.

The board is now working on a plan which would avoid a toll increase for the next 18 months.

Hull City Council said that following the talks it was hoped a solution could be found that would allow the board to continue its planned programme of maintenance on the bridge whilst paying its debts on time.

Chairman of the bridge board, Councillor David Gemmell, explained: "If agreed, this approach will mean that the bridge tolls will not have been increased for more than five years.

"This will be good news for local people and businesses using the bridge."

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