Under the Whitchurch Bridge Act 1792 and the Whitchurch Bridge Act 1988, the Whitchurch Bridge Company is empowered to collect Tolls at any time to finance its operations. However, Tolls are normally collected only from 7am until 9pm on weekdays, 8am to 8pm on Saturdays, and 9am to 8pm on Sundays (all timings may vary by a few minutes). Tolls are collected at the Toll Booth at the Whitchurch-on-Thames (north) end of the Bridge.
Tolls may be paid in cash, or through one of the Company's concessionary prepayment systems which offer substantial discounts to Bridge users based on Bridge Cards (for vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw) and books of prepaid tickets (for vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw).
Details of the Toll payment systems are shown below. Click here for FAQ's.
|Class 1||Vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw||40p|
|Class 2||Vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw, up to 7.5 tonnes mgw||£3|
There is no charge for pedestrians, cycles or motorcycles. There is a statutory weight limit of 7.5 tonnes mgw on the Bridge.
Regulation of Cash Tolls (revised 6th November 2014)
The Company’s Tolls are regulated under the Transport Charges etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1954. Tolls may only be increased when permission has been applied for by the Company by means of a Toll Application, and approval given by the Secretary of State for Transport in the form of a Department for Transport Toll Order.
The current Tolls were sought by the Company in its Toll Application dated 31st October 2008 . The Secretary of State for Transport ordered a Public Inquiry into this Toll Application which was held on 2nd/3rd June 2009. The findings of the Public Inquiry were reported to the Secretary of State in the Inspector's Report (this copy supplied to us excludes the Appendices). The Secretary of State subsequently issued a Decision Letter dated 12th October 2009 approving the increase in regulated Tolls sought by the Company and issued a Department of Transport Toll Order No. 2729 dated 12th October 2009. The Company implemented the current Tolls on Monday 26th October 2009.
The Company has submitted a new Toll Application dated 5th November 2014.
A. Class 1 users (ie vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw)
Concessionary Tolls are offered through Bridge Cards. Users of Bridge Cards enjoyed a discounted Toll rate of 20p until 3rd October 2013, when the Bridge closed for reconstruction. This will increase to 29.4p when the Bridge re-opens in 2014 after reconstruction.
The Company's Frequent User Scheme is now closed to new applications until the Bridge re-opens after reconstruction in 2014.
Details of the Concessionary Tolls for Class 1 users from Bridge re-opening in 2014 are as follows:
Initial Purchase of a Bridge Card Pack (at the Toll Booth)
Includes £10 (returnable) deposit for your Bridge Card, plus £10 credit for crossings at the discounted rate applicable at the time of purchase. At the new discounted rate of 29.4p, £10 gives you 34 crossings.
Bridge Card Top-up (at the Toll Booth)
Adds £10 credit to your Bridge Card Account for crossings at the discounted rate applicable at the time of purchase. At the new discounted rate of 29.4p, £10 gives you 34 crossings. You may top-up only when your "uses remaining" is 50 or less, and only do one top-up at a time.
Frequent User Scheme
Allows unlimited use of your Bridge Card. Monthly payments must be made by bankers standing order. Click here for details and an Application Form.
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B. Class 2 users (ie vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw, up to 7.5 tonnes mgw) (updated 29th September 2014)
A concessionary Toll of £2 is available to Class 2 users through the purchase of books of 20 prepaid tickets for £40 from the Toll Collector.
Regulation of Concessionary Tolls
Concessionary rates and discounts are unregulated and the Company is under no obligation to offer concessionary rates, discounts or free crossings to any users. However, the Company has given an Undertaking that the concessionary Toll for users of Bridge Cards will not exceed 30p unless and until another Toll Application is approved.
Free crossings for Disabled Drivers
The Company allows free crossings for disabled persons who are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, or who are exempt from the payment of Vehicle Excise Duty. To take advantage of this concession, disabled persons need to pre-register with the Company using the Disabled Driver Registration Form which may be downloaded here or obtained on request from the Toll Collectors.
The Company reserves the right to restrict this concession to disabled persons with a local address who need to use the Bridge on a regular basis.
Free crossings for Emergency Vehicles
The Company allows free crossings for liveried fire appliances, police vehicles and ambulances. Any liveried ambulance with "ambulance" signage will be allowed a free crossing, including non-emergency ambulances.
Free crossings are also allowed for Community Responders wearing their yellow ambulance jackets in a vehicle displaying a "Community Responder attending 999 Call" sign.
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