Chris Bertram wrote:
Yes, but so is maintenance for any normal road (...snip...)
Tunnel maintenance is an order of magnitude, at least, more costly than a normal D2 road.
(Regarding the stuff I snipped - I don't mind general taxation paying for it instead. But I can't really see a strong argument against tolls paying for it either - I'm pretty much on the fence)
The point is that when the bridge was built, it was publicly stated that tolls would be in place only until
the capital cost of construction had been recouped (I'm assuming that included interest charges as well), at which point they would be stopped. What actually happened was that around the time that the tolls should have been stopped, they were raised. And now they're going to be raised again. That
is why the proposal is unacceptable – not only are the increases an order of magnitude more than inflation (150% in just a few years?), but because the government has, once again, reneged on a promise.
As others have said, it will increase congestion through Blackwall and around the western side of the motorway significantly, and neither of those are advantageous to anyone.
I thought that not only had the capital sum been paid, including interest, but the crossing had also recouped sufficient in investment to fund ongoing maintenance up to the end of the design life of the tunnels and bridge.