Clifton Suspension Bridge have stated that the rise in the bridge toll is ‘inevitable’. The last rise was back in 2007 when the toll was increased fro 20 pence per crossing to 50 pence per crossing. Till now that toll has remained the same, The chairman of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust put the increase down to substantial repair work that has been carried our recently.
But with imminent work to repair erosion damage and to have the bridge clean looking to cost in the region of four hundred thousand pounds and the future repair programme predicted to be in the region of 8 million pounds Dayrell McArthur said the tolls would have to be increase for “important maintenance projects”.
It is predicted the toll could be increased by as much as 100 percent taking the cost up to £1.
Of course any increase is subject to approval by the Department for Transport, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council.
It has to be said that the Suspension Bridge originally designed by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the iconic symbol of the city and Clifton so we personally are right behind keeping this national treasure in tip top condition.
The stunning picture of the Clifton Suspension bridge is supplied courtesy of Steve Townsend, a very talented local photographer.