Drivers stearing clear of Durham city centre toll

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DURHAM’s £2 toll charge has seen a sharp fall in city centre traffic, say council bosses.

The number of vehicles driving on to the city’s peninsula – where the cathedral and castle are situated – has fallen by more than half, from 2,000 a day to 800, since the toll was reintroduced last Monday.

The figures are on average of traffic levels on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week, compared to the week before.

Highway bosses hope the sharp fall in car numbers will allay fears that the new market square layout poses an increased risk to pedestrians.

The retractable bollard which used to enforce the congestion charge has been replaced with a number plate recognition system which bills drivers entering the zone.