Humber Bridge toll will rise to be UK's most expensive

Humber Bridge
Image caption The Humber Bridge Board said the increase was needed to help pay its £330m debt

The Humber Bridge toll will be the most expensive in the UK after the bridge board approved a toll increase in its annual general meeting.

It follows approval from the Department of Transport to go ahead with the rise as the board aims to pay back its £330m debt.

Chairman, Andrew Gemmell said the board's "hands are tied" as it is "duty bound" to repay the money.

A single crossing will rise from £2.70 to £3.00 per car on 1 October.

When the bridge first opened in 1981, the cost of crossing was £1.

The board had said if the increase was not approved it would have a £2.2m shortfall on repayments this year.

The bridge was financed with a £150m government loan, which rose to £330m due to interest.

A treasury review into the wider economic impact of the tolls is due in November.

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