Bridge board back Telegraph campaign
THE Humber Bridge Board has said it supports the battle to cut tolls.
Bridge board chairman Councillor David Gemmell told transport minister Sadiq Khan the board is “fully supportive” of a campaign to abolish or radically reduce the tolls.
Mr Khan told a regional delegation this week he would look at all the options on the tolls after accepting 10,000 signatures on the Grimsby Telegraph’s A Toll Too Far petition on Monday.
The minister met with the board after going against his advisors and throwing out a 20p increase to the tolls in July.
Mr Khan announced this week he would be granting the board £6-million for a maintenance programme cover the financial shortfall caused by the frozen tolls.
Cllr Gemmell told last night’s board meeting: “We knew there was the delegation going down Monday and we took the opportunity to say the board is fully supportive of what the delegation were doing and we were in favour of what they were requesting.”
However, he added bridge managers must fulfil their legal obligations.
A debt review scheduled for April 2011 is thought to be the most likely avenue for negotiation.
Both major political parties are now committed to looking at the tolls after Conservative shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers MP announced any future Tory Government would commission a Treasury-led review into the charges.