29 Dec 2010 10:12:11
Bridge tolls 'could damage Humber renewable energy development'
The Humber region's emergence as a renewable energy hub could be hampered if tolls on the Humber Bridge were increased, experts have warned.
Efforts are currently underway to attract firms involved in the manufacturing of wind turbines to the region, however the Team Humber Marine Alliance has said an increase in the charges could reduce the attractiveness of the area.
Graham Billany, project manager at the organisation, told This Is Hull and East Riding: "If this region is serious about attracting the offshore wind sector then we should be reducing the tolls, not increasing them."
He added any development in the region would require a lot of movement between the two banks, as the north bank is likely to play a major role in recruiting people to the sector, while the south has the land needed for the development of manufacturing facilities.
Richard Kendall, policy executive at Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, noted earlier this year the region should be a "frontrunner" for a slice of the £200 million funding for the development of renewable energy hubs at port sites which was announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review.