Tolls and Toll Regulation
(updated 2nd May 2016)
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.
Tolls may be collected at any time, but 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||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.
(updated 17th May 2016)
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 not exceed 45p until a new Toll Application is submitted and approved. The present concessionary Toll is 40p: in August 2015 the Company undertook to maintain this level until at least 12th August 2016. The Company has since decided to hold the concessionary Toll at 40p beyond 12th August 2016 until further notice.
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.
Cheques should be made payable to "The Whitchurch Bridge Company".
B. 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.
Click here for FAQ's.