Humber toll changes inquiry called

The Government has called a public inquiry to examine proposals to increase the Humber Bridge toll charges for the first time in four years.

Officials at the Department for Transport decided to take the matter to a public inquiry, knowing that a large number of people are likely to object.

Under the initial application, changes to the fees for crossing the bridge would have been implemented from April 1, 2011.

Currently car users are forced to pay £2.70 for each single crossing, while motorbikes are charged £1.20 to travel across the bridge.

Regional and Local Transport Minister Norman Baker MP said the public inquiry was important for individuals, businesses and groups to be able to voice their concerns about any Humber Bridge toll changes.

He said: "It is only right that any parties with an interest are able to put forward their objections at a public inquiry. That is why we have decided to proceed directly to the public inquiry stage where the case for and against any increase can be heard in full."

The Humber Bridge board will post a public notice to provide inquiry details, including proposals and where objections can be forwarded.

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