Toll Consultation – 2023 (Closed to Active Feedback after 29th October 2023)
We are currently undertaking consultation in relation to the funding of Tamar Crossings. The consultation has three components :
- a representative sample of users of the crossings
- a set of specific key stakeholders
- general consultation open to the wider public.
On Saturday 7th October and Tuesday 10th October 2023, those using either of the crossings will be invited to participate in a structured survey. Those paying by cash or card, or using a mobility pass or other free pass will be handed an information leaflet and questionnaire, with tag users receiving an email or letter in the week following their crossings asking them to complete the same form. The structure ensures feedback is received from a balanced cross-section of users.
A set of specific stakeholders will be contacted directly including MPs, haulage industry representatives, interest groups, parish and town councils and local politicians.
We are also keen to receive written feedback from interested parties who are not part of the structured survey and this web page and its links provides a channel for consultation for the wider public to provide their views.
Our income to operate, maintain and improve the two crossings comes from tolls. Since the invasion of Ukraine in Spring 2022 we have seen extremely high and unpredicted levels of inflation which have significantly affected the cost of everything we do, and this is compounded by the fact that our traffic levels are still only 90% of pre-Covid levels with a corresponding effect on income.
As a result we are now operating in deficit and have minimal reserves. The crossings operate on a self-financing basis with no subsidy from either the Government or the owners of the two crossings – Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council – both of which have very pressing demands on their finances and are not in a position to offer financial support.
We recognise that any price increases at this difficult time would be unwelcome, but with no signs of traffic increasing we must consider toll revision to ensure the sustainability of the crossings. Urgent action is necessary to address the financial shortfall, so we are seeking your views on some options under consideration. We are also asking for views on whether the tolling arrangements should change in the future.
We would really appreciate it if you would read the consultation document below which gives more information about funding the crossings and our present predicament, and use the Online Toll Consultation Questionnaire, available below, to respond.