Inquiry hears of bridge toll discrepancies

Fewer local people would be eligible for discounted tolls on the Thames Gateway Bridge than first thought, evidence submitted to a public inquiry has revealed.

The inquiry inspector asked Transport for London (TfL) to submit revised evidence after it admitted that some of its traffic estimates were unreliable (Planning, 28 November, p6).

The southern boundary of the discount area has been redrawn to follow the A206 through Bexley and along the Greenwich borough boundary. As a result, non-local peak-time tolls would rise by 50 per cent.

TfL said that these changes would increase the area's accessibility without increasing traffic to unacceptable levels. It argued that the revised discount zone will not affect deprived areas.

Friends of the Earth London campaigns co-ordinator Jenny Bates said: "This is classic environmental injustice. The people to the south of the A206 will suffer all the traffic without getting any of the benefits."

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