Motorists using the Tyne Tunnels will see no annual increase in tolls in January 2015.
The zero percent rise has been confirmed by the North East Combined Authority (NECA), owners of the Tyne Tunnels and operators TT2 Limited.
Rachel Turnbull, of TT2 Limited, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce that there will be no toll increase in January 2015. This means that motorists using this important commuter and tourist corridor will retain the same level of service they currently receive but at no additional cost to themselves.”
Speaking on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, Councillor Frank Lott from North Tyneside said: “The Tyne Tunnel is a vital part of the north east’s economic infrastructure, and I’m pleased we are able to freeze the tolls next year. This is only possible because of the long-term business plan being delivered by the local councils in partnership with TT2.”
As well as continuing to allow free passage for drivers with disabilities, TT2 and NECA will be taking additional steps by providing additional signage to encourage use of the tunnel by drivers and passengers with disabilities and mobility impairment. TT2 will also be working with the local community and local interest groups to encourage and support the use of the exempt permit system currently in place.
Other local community initiatives include plans being developed for the Tyne Tunnels to once more host the Tunnel 2k International Wheelchair Race in 2015 and the site’s biodiversity project, launched in 2014, is expected to engage increasing numbers of young people and local organisations.
Rachel Turnbull said: “Engagement with the local community, as well as special interest groups, is a key priority of TT2’s work across the Tyne and Wear area, and this will form a major part of our 2015 activity. We look forward to working with more organisations, partners and individuals than ever before.”