1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Skye Bridge

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

The Skye Bridge

In 1995 the Skye Bridge was opened replacing the car ferry between Kyle of Localsh and Kyleakin on Skye. The construction of the bridge was funded by the contractors (rather than being paid for from public funds) and in exchange they were granted a licence to operate the bridge and charge travellers tolls. The initial toll for a round trip in a car was £9, slightly less than the cost of the ferry it replaced but by 2004 the round trip was £11.40. At the end of that year the Government purchased the bridge and immediately abolished the tolls.

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