A decision has finally been made on the proposal to raise the Humber Bridge toll from £2.70 to £2.90. The decision has been taken by the Department of Transport but is subject to an embargo until midnight tonight so apparently we can't say anything until then!
Personally, I think that is a load of old tosh and people should know the decision asap. However, I'm not what the rules are so I wont say anything more until later for fear that the Department of Transport swoop on me and take me away for re-education!
Today does however strike me as a good day for rejecting things.
As you probably guessed from my hints last night, we achieved success in stopping the Government agreeing to a rise in the tolls on the bridge. There is no doubt this is a political decision due to the clutch of marginal seats in the area. I am however relaxed about that for two reasons.
Firstly, the decision not to increase the tolls is the right one. Local businesses and residents are struggling enough as it is at the moment and any increase would have been unacceptable.
Secondly, the refusal to raise the toll won't make the slightest difference the the results of the next election either here or in the other marginal seats in the area. Local people are not fools.
The decision is good news but it is such a shame that the Government are refusing to do anything about the broader issue of the bridge debt which is the reason we have the tolls in the first place.