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Motorcyclists bring Tyne Tunnel to standstill

Motorbike riders have staged a protest against paying toll fees at the Tyne Tunnel.

They brought traffic at the tunnel to a standstill on Saturday.

The riders have argued that motorcycles reduce pollution and speed up traffic, and should therefore be exempt from paying a 20p fare.

Tunnel management said the toll for motorcyclists would be abolished in 2014, and that the move had been planned for several years.

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