'Historic' toll bridge between Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire changes prices

Dunham Bridge Motorists will now be able to cross the bridge by buying a discount card
The old wroght iron bridge The current bridge replaced a wrought iron one, which was built in the 1830s

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A toll bridge spanning the River Trent and connecting Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire is raising its prices for car drivers - by 4p.

The company operating Dunham Bridge is raising the charge for cars to 40p, but abolishing separate charges for motorcycles and trailers.

It is also introducing a discount card scheme for cars, allowing drivers to pay £20 for 56 crossings.

The crossing, built in the 1830s, is the last surviving Trent toll bridge.

'Ease of passage'

It links the villages of Newton on Trent, in Lincolnshire, and Dunham-on-Trent, in Nottinghamshire, and carries the A57 over the river.

The Dunham Bridge Company last changed its prices in 2007, although VAT was added in 2012 following the withdrawal of a government reimbursement scheme.

About a bridge

The wrought iron bridge
  • Dunham Bridge is one of several historic Trent crossings in Lincolnshire, such as the bridge at Gainsborough which operated tolls until 1932
  • The first Dunham Bridge replaced a ferry. Parliament approved the raising of a toll to finance the bridge. Many other bridges, as well as canals and railways, were financed in a similar way
  • The bridge runs alongside the pipes that bring Lincoln's main water supply, from Elkesley in Nottinghamshire, which were introduced following a typhoid epidemic in the city in 1904
  • Free passage over the bridge is permitted on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Company secretary Alison Epton said: "We are hoping the card system will save motorists trouble with finding the right change and for ease of passage.

"We have handed out cards to some local regular users for testing and to get their reaction. They have all found them to be easy to use and much easier than finding the right change."

The original cast-iron bridge was built by a group of Lincoln businessmen.

It was rebuilt in steel to trunk road standards in 1976. However, as it still stands on the original piers and abutments, it will eventually need to be reconstructed.

Ken Redmore, an industrial archaeologist, said: "Dunham Bridge is of historic interest because it's one of the only surviving toll bridges in this part of the country.

"A lot of people do seem to find the toll on the bridge annoying, unfortunately.

"But it has its history and there are also a lot of people who wouldn't want to see it change."

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