The COVID pandemic has cost the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint ferry almost £3m as toll collections had to be stopped during the lockdown. By law, Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council who jointly own the crossings are not allowed to take money from them or give money to them.
The only way for the Councils to balance the books now is to reduce maintenance, cut ferry services (e.g. stopping overnight or only running two ferries at peak times) or increase the tolls again (possibly by removing the 50% discount for TAG users).
But there is an alternative: The Government could provide cash directly.
Please sign our petition calling on the Government to fund the bridge and ferry directly as part of their agenda to "level-up" disadvantaged communities.