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THE TOLL TRUTH

Toll charges on the Oresund bridge have been slashed almost in half this week, to try and encourage more people to use it. Tolls have been cut from an original £21.35 to £11.70 for a one way trip. Around 6,000 vehicles a day have been crossing the 16km £26M bridge, half what was expected. Original estimates by the operator for the year following inauguration were for an average of 11,800 vehicles per day in the first year of opening. Operator Oresundsbron denies there is a problem. 'Although traffic is running below the overall prognosis of 11800, current levels are nevertheless well within expectations, ' it claimed. It puts the low numbers down to an anticipated 'penetration' period, while people 'get used to the bridge's existence'.'

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