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MP calls for bridge toll decision

16 July 09 09:53 GMT

An MP is calling on the government to make an immediate decision on the level of tolls on the Humber Bridge.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is considering a report which proposes increasing the charges by 20p to £2.90.

It was submitted after a public inquiry into the tolls in March. Cleethorpes MP Shona McIsaac said the DfT was taking too long over the issue.

Campaigners have called for the tolls to be scrapped. A year-long trial of a reduced charge of £1 is also proposed.

Ms McIsaac said: "What we want is a year-long trial of reduced tolls to see if that increases usage over the Humber Bridge.

"A £1 charge would save everybody money crossing the bridge, but we can't move forward on that suggestion until ministers come out with their decision on the inquiry."

A DfT spokeswoman said: "We are carefully considering all aspects of the inspector's report following the public inquiry, and a decision will be made as soon as possible."

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