26 August 2020

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

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.

 

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 August 2020, here is what it costs to use the road:

Class 1 (Motorbikes)

£3 (Mon-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £2 (Night 23:00-06:00)

Class 2 (Cars)

£6.40 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00)    £5.30 (Sat-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £4.10 (Night 23:00-06:00)

Class 3 (Cars with trailers)

£10 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00)    £8.60 (Sat-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £6.60 (Night 23:00-06:00)

Class 4 (Van or coach)

£11.30 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00)    £9.70 (Sat-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £8 (Night 23:00-06:00)

Class 5 (HGV or coach)

£11.50 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00)    £9.80 (Sat-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £8.60 (Night 23:00-06:00)

Class 6 (HGV with 6+ axles)

£11.80 (Mon-Fri 06:00-23:00)    £9.80 (Sat-Sun 06:00-23:00)    £8.60 (Night 23:00-06:00)

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 – If you need to get to the towns served by the M6 Toll, and don’t mind a little extra time on your journey, get off the M6 at junction 5, head towards Birmingham city centre, then turn right at the A34 junction.

Additionally, if you’re heading from the north, get off at the A5 on junction 12.

A500/A50 – If you’re heading from the north towards the M1, take the A500 junctions around the M6 and follow them to the A50. This road, much like the M6 Toll, was built to take traffic away from the M6 at Birmingham. However, unlike the M6 Toll, it’s completely free.

 

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 August 2020, here is what it costs to use the road:

Motorbikes – Free

Cars, Trailers, Motorways and Minibuses – £2.50 as a one-off, £2 with pre-pay account

Buses, Coaches, Vans, Good Vehicles with 2 axles – £3 one-off, £2.63 pre-pay account

Buses, Coaches, Vans, Good Vehicles with 3+ axles – £6 one-off, £5.19 pre-pay account

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.

NOTE – The Silver Jubilee Bridge is currently closed for repairs, but is expected to reopen at the end of 2020.

How much does it cost:

As of August 2020, here is what it costs to use the road:

Motorbikes and Local Buses – Free

Cars, Vans and Minibuses – £2 (or £1.80 sticker registered, £1.90 video registered)

Minibuses with 9+ seats: £6 (or £5.40 sticker registered, £5.70 video registered)

HGVs and Coaches – £8 (or £7.20 sticker registered, £7.60 video registered)

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 August 2020, here is what it costs to use the road:

Motorbikes, Cars, Private/Light Goods Vehicles (Up to 3.5 tonnes), Minibuses – £1.80 cash/card and fast tag, £1 for Liverpool City Region Residents

Private/Light Goods Vehicles +3.5 tonnes, Heavy Good Vehicles +3.5 tonnes with 2 axles, Minibuses 9+ seats – Cash/Card £3.60, Fast Tag £2.40

Heavy Good vehicles +3.5 tonnes with 3+ axles – Cash/Card £7.20, Fast Tag £4.80

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:

Cars – 80p

Motorways – 50p

Vans & Camper Vans – £1.50

Car with Trailer or Caravan – £1.50

10+ Seater Minibus – £2

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:

Motorbikes and Blue Badge Holders – Free

Car, Van or Bus with 2 axles – £1.80 cash, £1.62 pre-paid account

LGV, Van, or Bus with 3+ axles – £3.60 cash, £3.24 pre-paid account

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:

Motorbikes – Free

Cars, Lorries and Vans under 3.5 tonnes – £2 (or £1 with TamarTag)

Cars with Trailers – £4 (or £2 with TamarTag)

Lorries, Vans and Minibuses 2 axles over 3.5 tonnes – £4.90 (or £2.45 TamarTag)

MGW 3 axles over 3.5 tonnes – £8 (£4 TamarTag)

MGW 4+ axles over 3.5 tonnes – £11 (£5.50 TamarTag)

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:

Motorbikes – Free

Cars, Towing Trailers, Caravans/Motorhomes, Maximum Weight 3.5 tonnes – £1.50 (£.1.35 HumberTAG)

2 axle vehicles between 3.5 -7.5 tonnes, 9-16 passenger mini bus, bus/coaches, agricultural vehicles – £4 (£3.60 HumberTAG)

3 axles or more, over 7.5 tonnes – £12 (£10.80 HumberTAG)

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:

Motorbikes, Cyclists and Pedestrians – Free

Cars, Vans under 509kg, Minibuses with 16 passengers – 40p

Vans, Caravans and Lorries over 509kg with 4 wheels – 60p

Lorries/Trucks over 509kg with 6+ wheels – £1

No Extra Charge For Trailers

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:

Motorbikes and Three-Wheeled Vehicles – Free

Cars, Small Vans, Small 4x4s – 80p peak times, 70p off-peak times

Large Vans, Large 4x4s – £1.40

HGVs – £25

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:

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 / Modified from original

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

 

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