Dunham Bridge toll could rise for a second time to ease queues
Motorists will have to pay more to get in and out of Lincoln if new toll charges for Dunham Bridge are approved.
The Dunham Bridge Company, which manages the Lincolnshire to Nottinghamshire link bridge in Newton on Trent, wants to increase the toll for cars, vans and minibuses to 40p, including VAT.
It follows a previous VAT increase of 6p in April this year, after the Government scrapped its tax reimbursement scheme.
According to a public notice from the Dunham Bridge Company, the higher toll is intended to be a "simplified charge", as it claims traffic levels have increased since the 36p toll was introduced.
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Mike Ward, 25 from Sutton-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, works in Lincoln and uses the bridge from Monday to Friday.
"When the charge went up to 36p there was a lot more traffic in the morning and evening because not everyone has 36p in change," he said.
"In an ideal world, it'd be nice if they only charged 25p and added the 5p in VAT to make it 30p, but I'm happy to pay extra if it means I'm going to get to work and back home quicker.
"There are some people who hand over £5 and £10 notes, which means it takes longer to get through, and others who get turned away for not having the money.
"Maybe it might be a good idea to charge 40p but give the extra 4p to charity for each driver? I'd rather do that than sit and wait."
The company also plans to introduce a pre-payment system, which means regular drivers will still be able to pay the current rate of 36p.
It also wants to abolish charges for motorcycles and tri-cars and reduce the charge for lorries or vans with trailers from 70p to 60p.
The application has now been made to the Department for Transport (DfT).
Anyone who wishes to lodge an objection against the proposed toll changes is asked to contact the Secretary of State for Transport, courtesy of Julian Smith, at the DfT and Mrs Epton at the Dunham Bridge Company. Objections must be lodged before November 22.