Tyne Tunnel 10p toll increase for LGVs
Drivers of Class 3 vehicles – LGVs, buses and vans more than 3m high or three axles or more – are being reminded that Tyne Tunnel journeys will increase by 10p from Saturday, 29 August.
The North East Joint Transport Committee, which owns the Tyne Tunnels, confirmed in July that the new toll will increase from £3.60 to £3.70. Account holders will still receive a 10% discount on their journey, making the new toll for account holders £3.33, up from £3.24.
There is no increase for cars at this time and motorbikes and service buses continue to use the tunnels toll-free.
The increase should have been implemented in May 2020, but was delayed by the Committee to allow key workers and essential suppliers to travel easily through the Tunnels during the lockdown period.
The Tyne Tunnels remain an essential link for residents, visitors and businesses in the region and the tolls generate income which covers the cost to the Joint Transport Committee of the overall running of the Tyne Tunnels, including payments to TT2 for its operation, maintenance and financing costs of building the second tunnel. In addition, the Joint Transport Committee has loans and other operating costs which need to be covered by the toll revenue.
All the running costs of the tunnels and the repayment of investment is paid for through toll monies and not through council tax.
The second tunnel has benefited tens of thousands of daily commuters and provided much-improved infrastructure for regional, national and international business communities.
Road users will be informed about the forthcoming toll increases via electronic message signs on the approach to each tunnel.