Bridge fare fury

First published in Letters

I AM both very angry and somewhat very sad at the forthcoming demise of the transporter bridge in Newport.

You ask ‘the forthcoming demise?’ no doubt, but demise it will be.

I, with my daughter and her husband, along with my two grandsons, enjoy a trip over the river via the transporter bridge, something we do almost every two weeks or so.

Today I was confronted with a fare of £1 per adult and 50p for each child, that would make the cost at least £4 for a two- or three-minute trip across. The old fare of £1 was, I believe, a fair price and encouraged support for the bridge.

I felt sorry for the attendants who are forced to charge these very high charges simply because the bridge is now a tourist attraction. The attendants told me the use of the bridge had fallen off since the new charges were introduced (secretly introduced that is).

I for one, although very sadly, will no longer support the bridge, which no doubt will fall into disuse and decay over the next year or so and will be demolished, another death knell for Newport.

The cost of driving around is pennies compared to the bridge. Common sense has been knobbled.

Bob Shillabeer Byron Place Caldicot

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4:32pm Wed 21 May 14

Bobevans says...

Why should others subsidies your trips? A £1 fare is hardly unreasonable . The minimum bus fare is almost double that
Why should others subsidies your trips? A £1 fare is hardly unreasonable . The minimum bus fare is almost double that Bobevans
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7:24pm Thu 22 May 14

Frankfurt says...

I recently crossed the transporter bridge at Bilbao in Spain. It cost 75 cents each way for a foot passenger and several euros for a car.
I recently crossed the transporter bridge at Bilbao in Spain. It cost 75 cents each way for a foot passenger and several euros for a car. Frankfurt
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12:59am Fri 23 May 14

Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk says...

Like, Mr Shillabeer
If you charge a higher rate for the crossing and the general use falls,
we will subsidise even more we have to man it and maintain it as an asset to
the city. Or close it and let it decay and in a few years scrap it. And lose another peace of welsh and Newport history. We must bite the bullet and decide.
I think the loss would be to much for meny to bear?. So let's all except the cost of history. And in newport there's not much that stands as bold as a statement of triumph as that bridge. I'd probably lose the wave first?
Like, Mr Shillabeer If you charge a higher rate for the crossing and the general use falls, we will subsidise even more we have to man it and maintain it as an asset to the city. Or close it and let it decay and in a few years scrap it. And lose another peace of welsh and Newport history. We must bite the bullet and decide. I think the loss would be to much for meny to bear?. So let's all except the cost of history. And in newport there's not much that stands as bold as a statement of triumph as that bridge. I'd probably lose the wave first? Campaign for better transport/Swites.org.uk
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2:01am Sat 24 May 14

mocyoung says...

Oh how dramatic.

Firstly it's a Grade I listed structure, so it won't be demolished.

Secondly it's just had a £1.25million refurbishment. Irrespective of current maintenance, I don't think it's going to rust away any time soon. It certainly hasn't rusted in the last 100 years.

If people think 50p is too much to pay towards the upkeep of our city's iconic unique jewel, then we really are living in a sad city. There's only two transporter bridges in the UK, and only 8 in the world, and we've got one of them. Let's at least be proud of that, eh?
Oh how dramatic. Firstly it's a Grade I listed structure, so it won't be demolished. Secondly it's just had a £1.25million refurbishment. Irrespective of current maintenance, I don't think it's going to rust away any time soon. It certainly hasn't rusted in the last 100 years. If people think 50p is too much to pay towards the upkeep of our city's iconic unique jewel, then we really are living in a sad city. There's only two transporter bridges in the UK, and only 8 in the world, and we've got one of them. Let's at least be proud of that, eh? mocyoung
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12:01am Tue 27 May 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

mocyoung wrote:
Oh how dramatic.

Firstly it's a Grade I listed structure, so it won't be demolished.

Secondly it's just had a £1.25million refurbishment. Irrespective of current maintenance, I don't think it's going to rust away any time soon. It certainly hasn't rusted in the last 100 years.

If people think 50p is too much to pay towards the upkeep of our city's iconic unique jewel, then we really are living in a sad city. There's only two transporter bridges in the UK, and only 8 in the world, and we've got one of them. Let's at least be proud of that, eh?
Grade 1 listing or not if no one uses it because of the cost being charged it will either cost the tax payer much more money to support it or it will deteriorate to a point where it becomes unviable to maintain it. I used it quite regularly and saw five or six vehicles using it each way making £12 of income, on the day I last used it no vehicles used it the one way and only two the other way. Total fare was in my vehicle £4 in the other vehicles with two passengers of which one was. Little girl fare £1.50 total income £5.50 that's makes it £6.50 less income due to lack of use and therefore less income = loss of the bridge! simples as the nice little meerkat says.
[quote][p][bold]mocyoung[/bold] wrote: Oh how dramatic. Firstly it's a Grade I listed structure, so it won't be demolished. Secondly it's just had a £1.25million refurbishment. Irrespective of current maintenance, I don't think it's going to rust away any time soon. It certainly hasn't rusted in the last 100 years. If people think 50p is too much to pay towards the upkeep of our city's iconic unique jewel, then we really are living in a sad city. There's only two transporter bridges in the UK, and only 8 in the world, and we've got one of them. Let's at least be proud of that, eh?[/p][/quote]Grade 1 listing or not if no one uses it because of the cost being charged it will either cost the tax payer much more money to support it or it will deteriorate to a point where it becomes unviable to maintain it. I used it quite regularly and saw five or six vehicles using it each way making £12 of income, on the day I last used it no vehicles used it the one way and only two the other way. Total fare was in my vehicle £4 in the other vehicles with two passengers of which one was. Little girl fare £1.50 total income £5.50 that's makes it £6.50 less income due to lack of use and therefore less income = loss of the bridge! simples as the nice little meerkat says. Robert Shillabeer
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