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21 December 2011, 05:34
Tolls at the Tyne Tunnel are going up, following the completion of the new crossing.
From the 1st of January car drivers will have to pay £1.40 per journey - an increase of 20p.
HGV's will pay £2 - up by 50p.
Travel permit owners will continue to receive a 10% discount, while motorbikes and service busses will not be required to pay a toll.
Paul Fenwick, the Project Director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority, says;
"Since both tunnels became operational in November, journey times have reduced dramatically and the long queues are a thing of the past.
The increase in tolls is essential to help finance the investment in the New Tyne Crossing, represents excellent value for money, and is still below the 2 shillings and sixpence (12.5p) cars paid at the Tyne Tunnel when it opened in 1967 when adjusted for inflation."