Tolls and Toll Regulation
Under the Whitchurch Bridge Act 1792 and the Whitchurch Bridge Act 1988, the Whitchurch Bridge Company is empowered to collect Tolls to finance its operations. 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 implemented on Wednesday 12th August 2015 in accordance with the Whitchurch Bridge (Revision of Tolls) Order 2015. Details of the Company’s Toll Application and the approval process are here.
Concessionary Tolls are offered at the discretion of the Company and are not regulated. However, the Company has undertaken that the concessionary Toll for Bridge Cardholders will be held at 40p until at least 12th August 2016, and will not exceed 45p thereafter until a new Toll Application is submitted and approved.
Tolls may be collected at any time, but are normally collected only from 7 am until 9 pm on weekdays, 8 am to 8 pm on Saturdays, and 9 am to 8 pm 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.
Cash Tolls (updated 11th August 2015)
The cash Tolls are:
|Class 1||vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw||60p|
|Class 2||vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw||£4|
There is no charge for pedestrians, cycles or motorcycles. There is an environmental weight limit of 7.5 tonnes mgw on the Bridge.
Concessionary Tolls (updated 18th August 2015)
Concessionary Tolls are offered at the discretion of the Company and are not regulated. However, the Company has undertaken that the concessionary Toll for Bridge Card holders will be held at 40p until at least 12th August 2016, and will not exceed 45p thereafter until a new Toll Application is submitted and approved.
- Class 1 users (ie vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw)
Concessionary Tolls are offered through Bridge Cards, which pay a discounted Toll rate of 40p (ie 50 crossings for £20). The Company also offers a Frequent User Scheme which allows unlimted crossings for £30 per month, and a Daily Cap of 4 charged crossings on a Bridge Card, with additional crossings free.
Details of the Concessionary Tolls for Class 1 users are as follows:
|Initial Purchase of a Bridge Card Pack (at the Toll Booth)|
Includes £10 (returnable) deposit for your Bridge Card, plus £20 credit for crossings at the discounted rate applicable at the time of purchase. At the current discounted rate of 40p, £20 gives you 50 crossings.
£31 by cheque
|Bridge Card Top-up (at the Toll Booth)|
Adds £20 credit to your Bridge Card Account for crossings at the discounted rate applicable at the time of purchase. At the current discounted rate of 40p, £20 gives you 50 crossings. You may top-up only when your "uses remaining" is 50 or less, and only do one top-up at a time. You will always be given a receipt, which we ask that you check.
We hope to be able to offer top-ups through the internet soon - our suppliers are developing this.
£21 by cheque
|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.
|Bridge Card Daily Cap|
If you use your Bridge Card more than 4 times in one day, the 5th and subsequent crossings will be FREE. You should swipe your Bridge Card in the normal way: the display will show **FREE USE** and the barrier will open. To help ensure that this concession is only used as intended, the Toll Collector will not take a Bridge Card to be "passed back" and used by any following cars - this is an amendment to paragraph 2.4 of the Bridge Card User Guide.
- Class 2 users (ie vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes mgw)
A concessionary Toll of £2.50 is available to Class 2 users through the purchase of books of 20 prepaid tickets for £50 from the Toll Collector.
Free crossings for Disabled Drivers (updated 8th April 2015)
The Company allows free crossings for disabled persons who are in receipt of the High Rate of the Mobility Component of the DLA, Enhanced Rate of PIP, or War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement, whose vehicles are registered in the Disabled Class. 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. A disabled person’s “free” Bridge Card may only be used when the nominated disabled person is in the vehicle.
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.