Is local Thames toll bridge the dearest in the world?

Is the 40 pence Whitchurch toll bridge the most expensive in the world considering that it only spans 100 yards (91.44 metres)?

Residents' fury over the 50% hike in toll prices at Whitchurch bridge which spans 100 yards, making it arguably the dearest toll in the world

Residents' fury over the 50% hike in toll prices at Whitchurch bridge which spans 100 yards, making it arguably the dearest toll in the world Image by Andrew Bowden / CC BY 2.0

Resident of a nearby English Thameside village say it is the dearest crossing and what really irks them is that it is about to get dearer.

The Daily Telegraph reports that villagers who use the bridge to get to local schools, shops and to go to work are furious at the hike on the centuries-old crossing.

People from Whitchurch in Oxfordshire say they are facing a 50% jump in toll charges from the privately-owned firm which operates the facility connecting them to Pangbourne in Berkshire.

This week will see a rise from 40p to 60p for drivers crossing although locals will pay at a reduced rate of 40p instead of the 29p up to now. However within a year they have been warned that the local rate will rise to 45p per crossing.

Locals against such a daily cost say that by their calculations the new toll amount to St£10.56 per mile which would make it much more expensive to use than many of the world’s great bridges.

The cost of crossing the Severn Bridge which is a mile long is £3.27 while it is only £1.09 per mile for the 1.38 mile long Humber Bridge.

The 2.6 mile Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York charges the equivalent of just under £1.70 per mile while Denmark’s Storebaelt Bridge at over four miles long has a toll cost of £5.75 per mile.

Locals point out that the cost was only 8p 13 years ago and have accused the company of taking advantage of their monopoly situation.

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