Humber Bridge booths to be axed as new toll system…

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Humber Bridge booths to be axed as new toll system…

Humber Bridge booths to be axed as new toll system introduced
2021-11-23 14:36:00
Humber Bridge officials have announced the end of the road for its toll booths as a new method of paying is to be rolled out. Booths on the bridge are to be removed ahead of a new system being installed, which it's hoped will dramatically cut journey times and congestion. For more traffic and travel news, click here. Instead of stopping to pay the toll fee, motorists will be able to pay online, although options will be available for those who don't have internet access. Design of the new system is in very early stages, so no more detail is available at the moment. A free-flow system will be introduced on the Humber Bridge Plans to go free flow are expected to drastically cut queues throughout the day, and the Humber Bridge Board says it will also have a positive impact on the environment. Councillor Sean Chaytor, chairman of the board, described the upgrade as great news for motorists. He added that the new tolling system is likely to require more staff to work in the office, meaning those currently working in the booths will be offered a new role. Cllr Chaytor said: “A free-flow system addresses the limitations of the current hybrid (tag lane and toll booths) situation at the Humber Bridge. “This will provide future proofing for tolling requirements and cope with any increases in traffic. “The new system will have a huge, positive impact on crossing times, and with a brand new website dealing with payments, the whole experience of using the Humber Bridge will be significantly improved.” Cllr Chaytor added the move would see emissions cut, too. “We know static, queuing vehicles increase pollution,” he said. “By removing the need for motorists to stop and start, we will cut carbon emissions generated by bridge users.” Queues at the Humber Bridge toll booths on bank holiday Monday in May Richard Hannigan, deputy chairman of the Humber Bridge Board, added the upgrade would bring the north and south banks even closer together. Cllr Hannigan, who is also deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Being able to cross the bridge more quickly further opens up the opportunity for people to live on one side of the estuary and work on the other. “It facilitates the movement of commercial traffic, meaning goods coming to and from the docks can reach their destination sooner, emergency vehicles will be able to cross faster and people attending hospital appointments will be able to plan their crossings with a greater degree of confidence, knowing they will get where they need to be on time. “All in all, it is great news for our region.” Further details of the plans are expected to be announced in the coming months. Andrew Arundel, chief operating officer of the Humber Bridge, said he was aware that motorists may be concerned work to install the free flow system may cause temporary traffic disruption, especially after the maintenance work which was carried out to replace bearings at the Barton end. “This is not the case.,” he said. “The system is in the early design stage and work on the bridge itself is unlikely to start for some time. For the time being, disruption to motorists and other users will be kept to a minimum.” Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mr Arundel added that the new system would be designed to make payment easier, with a variety of ways to pay to ensure everyone is accommodated, including those people who

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