26 August 2020

A List Of All Major Toll Road Prices In The UK (And How You Can Avoid Them)

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Driving your vehicle across the country, you’re likely to incur a toll charge at some point during your journeys. Here is a list of major toll roads that drivers are likely going to cross, and how you can avoid paying a hefty charge.

Last Updated: March 25th 2022

Click here to view our guide on Alternative Petrol / Service Stations just off the motorway

 

M6 TOLL

The M6 Toll is probably the most famous example on this list, given it was the first (and so far only) motorway in the UK designed to charge everybody who uses it. Its purpose is to alleviate traffic away from Birmingham, as well as to serve local traffic in the midlands.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Class 1 (Motorbikes)


Weekday

Mainline Junction
Day
7am – 7pm
£3.40 £2.40
Off-Peak
5am – 7am
7pm – 11pm
£3.30 £2.30
Night
11pm – 5am
£2.30 £1.70

 

Weekend

Mainline Junction
Day
5am – 11pm
£3.30 £2.30
Night
11pm – 5am
£2.30 £1.70

 

Class 2 (Cars)


Weekday

Mainline Junction
Day
7am – 7pm
£7.10 £5.10
Off-Peak
5am – 7am
7pm – 11pm
£6.90 £5.10
Night
11pm – 5am
£4.60 £3.60

 

Weekend

Mainline Junction
Day
5am – 11pm
£6.50 £4.70
Night
11pm – 5am
£4.60 £3.60

 

Class 3 (Cars with trailers)


Weekday

Mainline Junction
Day
7am – 7pm
£10.90 £7.80
Off-Peak
5am – 7am
7pm – 11pm
£10.80 £7.70
Night
11pm – 5am
£7.40 £5.30


Weekend

Mainline Junction
Day
5am – 11pm
£9.80 £7.70
Night
11pm – 5am
£7.40 £5.30

 

Class 4 (Van or coach)


Weekday

Mainline Junction
Day
7am – 7pm
£12.50 £11.30
Off-Peak
5am – 7am
7pm – 11pm
£12.30 £11.10
Night
11pm – 5am
£9.70 £8.40

 

Weekend

Mainline Junction
Day
5am – 11pm
£11.10 £9.90
Night
11pm – 5am
£9.70 £8.40

 

Class 5+ (HGV or coach)


Weekday

Mainline Junction
Day
7am – 7pm
£12.90 £11.80
Off-Peak
5am – 7am
7pm – 11pm
£12.80 £11.60
Night
11pm – 5am
£10.00 £8.70

 

Weekend

Mainline Junction
Day
5am – 11pm
£11.50 £10.30
Night
11pm – 5am
£10.00 £8.70

 

How to avoid these charges:

There are actually numerous ways to avoid the charges.

M6 – If you’re going through Birmingham and don’t mind traffic, remaining on the M6 will be the most ideal solution.

A34/A5 – Click here to view this alternative route on Google Maps.

A500/A50 – Click here to view this alternative route on Google Maps.

 

DARTFORD CROSSING/QUEEN ELIZABETH II BRIDGE

This road travels across the Thames at the very most eastern point of London, carrying M25 traffic, as well as local traffic in the area.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

 

Cars and Motorcycles

 

Vehicle Class One-off payment With an account
Motorcycles, mopeds and quad bikes
A FREE FREE
Cars (including trailers), motorhomes, and any minibuses that have 9 or less seats (including the driver’s seat) B £2.50 £2.00

 

Buses, coaches, vans, and other goods vehicles

 

Vehicle class One-off payment With an account

Vehicles with 2 axles
C £3.00 £2.63
Vehicles with more than 2 axles D £6.00 £5.19

 

How to avoid these charges:

Unfortunately for anyone travelling from the east, or already on the M25, this is the last crossing across the River Thames, with the next Thames crossing over 13 miles away in central London.

If you are travelling from central London, make sure you are using one of the central Thames bridges, or the Blackwall Tunnel.

 

RUNCORN BRIDGES

For a long time, Runcorn Bridge (Silver Jubilee Bridge) was entirely free to use. However, with the construction of the newer Mersey Gateway Bridge, both bridges will now charge drivers to cross the River Mersey.

SILVER JUBILEE BRIDGE

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the bridge:

 

Sticker Registered Video Registered Unregistered
Class 1
(motorbikes and buses)
FREE FREE FREE
Class 2
(cars and vehicles up to 8 seats)
£1.80 £1.90 £2.00
Class 3
(vehicles between 3.5 – 12 tonnes)
£5.40 £5.70 £6.00
Class 4
(HGVs over 12 tonnes and coaches of 5 tonnes)
£7.20 £7.60 £8.00

Halton residents can pay an annual £10 admin fee and make as many personal trips across the river at no extra cost.

 

MERSEY GATEWAY BRIDGE

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the bridge:

Sticker Registered Video Registered Unregistered
Motorbikes and local buses
FREE FREE FREE
Cars, Vans (below 3500kg) and Minubuses
£1.80 £1.90 £2.00
Minibuses with 9+ seats
£5.40 £5.70 £6.00
HGVs and Coaches
£7.20 £7.60 £8.00

 

How to avoid these charges:

If you don’t want to pay the fares, it’s possible to take a slight detour around Warrington using the M6 and M62 at no charge

 

KINGSWAY/QUEENSWAY MERSEY TUNNELS

The other Mersey crossings that take you directly into the centre of Liverpool.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Cash/Card Fast Tag Liverpool City Residents
Cars and Motorbikes
Private/Light Goods Vehicles
Minibuses
£1.80 £1.80 £1.00
Private / Light Goods Vehicles -3.5 tonnes
Heavy Good Vehicles +3.5 tonnes (2 axles)
Minibuses 9+ seats (2 axles)
£3.60 £2.40 N/A
Heavy Goods Vehicles +3.5 tonnes (3 axles)
Minibuses 9+ seats (3 axles)
£5.40 £3.60 N/A
Heavy Good Vehicles +3.5 tonnes (4+ axles) £7.20 £4.80 N/A


How to avoid these charges:

Unfortunately there are no alternative routes nearby to avoid these charges.

 

M4/M48 SEVERN BRIDGE/SECOND SEVERN CROSSING

Drivers crossing the River Severn on the motorway will be pleased to know that both crossings are now completely free for all vehicles in every direction since December 2018.

 

A4 BATHEASTON TOLL BRIDGE

One of the most unassuming locations for a toll bridge, seeing as this is a single carriageway bridge over a small river in the outskirts of Bath. This toll bridge was designed to take traffic away from the busy central Bath area.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Price Monthly Pass
Cars 80p £24.00
Motorbikes 50p N/A
Vans & Camper Vans £1.50 £44.00
Car with Trailer or Caravan £1.50 N/A
10+ Seater Minibus £2.00 N/A


How to avoid these charges:

Following either the A4 or A36 into the centre of Bath will take you to another bridge crossing.

 

A19 TYNE TUNNEL

The final crossing of the River Tyne before it reaches the sea.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Price Pre-Paid Account
Motorbikes and Blue Badge Holders FREE FREE
Car, Van, or Bus less than 3.5 tonnes £1.90 £1.71
LGV, Van, or Bus over 3.5 tonnes £3.70 £3.33


How to avoid these charges:

Though there isn’t an alternative to short distance traffic, long-distance traffic should use alternatives such as the A167 bridge, or the A1 Newcastle bypass.

 

TAMAR BRIDGE CROSSINGS

The only entrance between Cornwall and Plymouth. Though it’s free of charge to drive from Plymouth to Cornwall, traffic from the other direction must pay a toll fee.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Price With TamarTag
Motorbikes FREE FREE
Cars, Lorries and Vans under 3.5 tonnes £2.00 £1.00
Cars with Trailers £4.00 £2.00
Lorries, Vans, and Minibuses (2 axles) over 3.5 tonnes £4.90 £2.45
MGW (3 axles) over 3.5 tonnes £8.00 £4.00
MGW (4+ axles) over 3.5 tonnes £11.00 £5.50


How to avoid these charges:

There are no alternative routes for short distance routes between Cornwall and Plymouth/Torquay, but longer-distance vehicles travelling to Exeter and further should use the A30 road.

 

A15 HUMBER BRIDGE

The main link between Hull and nearby towns Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Price HumberTAG
Motorbikes FREE FREE
Cars, Towing, Trailers, Caravans/Motorhomes
(Maximum Weight 3.5 tonnes)
£1.50 £1.35
Vehicles between 3.5 – 7.5 tonnes, 9 – 16 Seat Minibus, Bus/Coaches, Agricultural Vehicles (2 axles for all) £4.00 £3.60
3 axles or more, over 7.5 tonnes £12.00 £10.80

 

How to avoid these charges:

Though there aren’t alternative routes from Grimsby and Cleethorpes, drivers from Scunthorpe can use the M180/M18/M62 route to get to Hull.

 

A57 DUNHAM BRIDGE TOLL

The main route from Lincoln and the M1.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Price
Motorbikes
Cyclists
Pedestrians
FREE
Cars
Vans under 509kg
Minibuses with 16 passengers
40p
Vans (over 509 kg)
Caravans (over 509 kg)
Lorries (over 509 kg)
60p
Lorries over 509kg with 6+ wheels £1.00

 

How to avoid these charges:

Drivers can use the A46 in the direction of Newark-On-Trent to head towards the M1.

 

A3025 ITCHEN BRIDGE

A toll bridge in the heart of Southampton.

How much does it cost:

Price Off-Peak Residents
Class 1
Motorbikes, Cyclists, Pedestrians, Electric Vehicles
FREE FREE FREE
Class 2
Cars, Small Vans, Small 4x4s
60p 70p 40p
Class 3
Large Vans (e.g. transit), Large 4x4s
£1.40 N/A N/A
Class 4
HGVs
£25.00 N/A N/A

 

How to avoid these charges:

Though a short detour, there is an alternative bridge about a mile to the north with no toll charges.

 

A477 CLEDDAU BRIDGE

Drivers will be happy to know the A477 Cleddau Bridge has been toll-free since early 2019.

 

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

One of the bridges over the River Avon to Bristol city centre.

How much does it cost:

As of March 2022, here is what it costs to use the road:

Motorised vehicles will be charged £1, including motorbikes. Pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders may cross free of charge.

How to avoid these charges:

Drivers can use an alternative bridge roughly a mile down south on the A3029 that also leads cars to Bristol city centre.

 

Toll gate on Vijayawada” by vijay chennupati, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified from original

Motorway Junction Sign
cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Paul Andersongeograph.org.uk/p/895523

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