Following his fact finding meeting with Humber Bridge Master Peter Hill on Friday, Danny Marten, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Haltemprice and Howden today gave a cautious welcome to the announcement of a sixth month study regarding the Humber Bridge Toll.
Mr. Marten 23, said; "Whilst we welcome the announcement of this study, it comes only a year after a previous study revealed that scrapping the toll would benefit the local economy by up to £1 billion."
Friday’s talks revealed that that toll is just part of the equation.
"I am committed to a policy of pressing ahead with improvements to the roads on both sides of the Humber which would be needed to make increased traffic, resulting in a boost for the local economy, a viable option in the long term".
Mr. Marten has been lobbying for the Government and the Humber Bridge Board to find alternative methods of investment.
"I have received assurances from the Department of Transport that the results of recent reports, "will provide a robust analysis for discussions with the Treasury and the European Union", and I am pleased that our lobbying has resulted in the Government looking at the European option, something which has not been considered before."
In addition Mr. Marten raised concerns aired by Hull Samaritans regarding suicide prevention such as the raising of the barriers and the installation of a Samaritan hotline on the Bridge.
Marcus, Outreach Director for Hull Samaritans said; "We welcome the discussion around suicide and the Humber Bridge as the affect on the Bridge staff, as well as the families of suicide victims must be taken into account."