UKIP calls to scrap Tyne Tunnel tolls

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UKIP campaigners once again converged on the Tyne Tunnel at Jarrow yesterday for a protest about road tolls.

The party’s Scrap the Tolls campaign was launched by its leader, Nigel Farage, back in 2002

Activists and campaigners occupied strategic locations close to toll road sites across the UK yesterday.

Yesterday, they displayed banners and placards to show their support for the removal of tolls and their sympathy for “long-suffering motorists treated as a cash cows by successive governments”.

Protesters were also out in force at the Dartford Crossing in Kent, the Severn Crossings linking Wales with South-West England, Liverpool’s Mersey Tunnel, the M6 toll road near Birmingham and the London congestion charge zone.

Steve Harrison, Ukip’s Parliamentary candidate for Jarrow, was joined by party members at the south side of the tunnel.

He said: “Road tolls are bad for the environment, bad for traffic congestion and bad for motorists’ wallets.

“They represent nothing more than a stealth tax on motorists who already pay road tax to use the public road network in the UK.”