MOTORISTS are to be hit by a rise in Tyne Tunnel tolls.
From January 1, car drivers will pay £1.40, an increase of 20p, and heavy goods vehicle drivers will see their journey go up by 50p to £2.20.
Permit holders will continue to receive a 10 per cent discount on each journey. Motorbikes and service buses are toll-free.
The increases, the first since work began on the second tunnel in 2008, have been given the nod by Transport Secretary Justine Greening.
Paul Fenwick, project director for the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “Since both tunnels became operational in November, journey times have reduced dramatically and the long queues are a thing of the past.
“The increase in tolls is essential to help finance the investment in the New Tyne Crossing, represents excellent value for money, and is still below the two shillings and sixpence (12.5p) cars paid at the Tyne Tunnel when it opened in 1967 when adjusted for inflation.”