Plan to increase Cleddau Bridge toll to £1 for cars is thrown out
8:30am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Changes - including raising the price of the Cledda Bridge tolls - will not be made.
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet discussed a Notice of Motion put forward by Pembroke councillor Jonathan Nutting relating to the bridge linking north and south Pembrokeshire.
Cllr Nutting called for a review of bridge tolls at least once in the five-year cycle of council and the development of ‘meaningful dialogue’ with the Welsh Government to review the Dyfed Act, under which the bridge was created, and plans for ‘trunking’ the A477.
He also wants to increase the cost of a single bridge ticket to £1 while reducing the cost of a book of tickets, helping those who use the crossing regularly.
“This model would allow the council to keep the large surplus (approximately £1.5m) whilst significantly helping the people/businesses of south west Pembrokeshire. It would also fit better with the concept of the Haven Enterprise Zone which was surprisingly divided by the toll,” states Cllr Nutting’s notice.
At Cabinet on Monday council leader Cllr Jamie Adams said the Welsh Government had been notified on the authority’s position on making the A477 a trunk road in 2007 but no further correspondence had been received.
He added that substantial sums had been spent on repairing and upgrading the bridge.
“They are bills that come across the table from time to time and it is important to retain the capacity for those situations. Cllr Nutting’s ideas for future management of the bridge may bring that financial integrity into question,” said Cllr Adams.
Cabinet member for highways, planning, transportation Cllr Rob Lewis said: “We have kept the toll at 75p for many years, which in real terms is actually a reduction.
“To increase costs for families that are struggling would be completely unfair at this time.
“Those that use the bridge are paying for the bridge. The charges are reasonable for such a structure.”
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