HC Deb 25 March 1980 vol 981 cc545-6W
Mr. Gourlay

asked the Minister of Transport if he will list the toll bridges in England and Wales with their current toll charge discounts, giving the dates and amounts of the last increase.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

[pursuant to his reply, 24 March 1980]: Part of the answer to the hon. Member's question was unfortunately not typed and de- spatched. The additional information is as follows:

My right hon. Friend authorised new maximum toll charges with effect from 7 July 1979 on the introduction of one-way tolling—that is, from Cornwall to Plymouth. The table below sets out these maximum toll charges together with the levels actually charged at the moment:

Authorised maximum Present charge
Motor cycle with sidecar and 3-wheeled car. 10p 4p
Cars, goods vehicles not exceeding 25 cwt unladen weight, buses, coaches licensed to carry not more than 8 people. 30p 30p
Goods vehicles exceeding 25 cwt but not exceeding 2 tons unladen weight. 40p 30p
Goods vehicles exceeding 2 tons but not exceeding 7 tons unladen weight. 80p 80p
Goods vehicles exceeding 7 tons unladen weight, bus or coach licensed to carry 8 people. £1.40 £1.40

My right hon. Friend authorised increased toll charges across the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge with effect from 5 November 1979. The table below sets out the present toll levels, and the previous toll levels.

Present toll Previous toll
Pedestrians and bicycles 4p 2p
Motor cycles 8p 4p
Cars and light goods vehicles up to 30 cwt unladen or 3 tons laden weight. 27p 11p+ 2pper passenger up to 17p
Trailers drawn by vehicles in previous category. 22p 11p
Vehicles exceeding 30 cwt unladen weight and exceeding 3 tons laden weight. 63p 30p

I have no information about discounts.

There are a number of privately owned toll bridges, for which the information is not readily available in the form requested.

Questions on toll bridges in Wales are for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.