Decision details

Itchen Bridge Toll Changes

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport seeking to amend the Itchen Bridge Toll Order to remove the off peak charging period for Class 2 vehicles and to increase the toll for Class 4 vehicles


(i)  To remove the Off Peak charging classification from the Itchen Bridge Toll for Class 2 vehicles and introduce a single charge band for all trips.

(ii)  To implement an increase in the Itchen Bridge toll paid by Class 4 vehicles from £25 to £40 and an increase in the associated concessionary rate (for Class 4 vehicles accessing the Local Concession Zone) from £2 to £3.

Reasons for the decision:

1.  To encourage all drivers of Class 2 vehicles to make a meaningful decision about using the bridge and associated routes regardless of the time of crossing in order to better manage congestion in the areas around the bridge and support on going maintenance demands.

2.  To recognise that all traffic contributes to the structural depreciation of the Itchen Bridge and highway surface regardless of the time of crossing.

3.  To strongly discourage non-local HGV traffic from using the Itchen Bridge crossing and associated routes.

Alternative options considered:

1.  To continue operating an off peak period as per the exiting structure as this would not properly account the wear and tear creating by the high volume of traffic that crosses the bridge in off peak periods.

2.  To increase the toll for Class 4 vehicles crossing the Itchen Bridge as the £25 charge will become less of a deterrent year on year with increases in inflation. 

Report author: Richard Alderson

Publication date: 16/01/2024

Date of decision: 16/01/2024

Decided at meeting: 16/01/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 25/01/2024

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