Monday, 21 August 2017

1,149 sign petition against bridge toll increase

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing a proposed toll increase at Whitchurch bridge.

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing a proposed toll increase at Whitchurch bridge.

The document, organised by a group of residents, was sent to the Department for Transport on Monday as evidence for next month’s public inquiry into the matter. The Whitchurch Bridge Company wants to raise the basic cash toll from 40p to 60p. It says this is necessary to cover the costs of the recent bridge refurbishment, which went  £2million over budget. This was due to delays caused by flooding at the start of 2014 and other unforeseen problems.

A total of 1,149 people have signed the petition, which calls the proposal “grossly disproportionate” and an “unreasonable increase in living costs to residents and businesses”. It says residents should not be penalised for the project’s “mismanagement”.

Organisers will continue collecting signatures until the inquiry at the George Hotel in Pangbourne on May 19 (10am). See www.facebook.com/nototoll whitchurch



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