Tolls on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and tunnel will rise next month as the government claws back funds for its $60 toll cap and seeks to spread the burden into the city’s hip pocket.
From Sunday, October 29th, the toll will increase by 6.8 percent.
The government said bridge and tunnel tolls had been set at $4 during peak hours, $3 off-peak and $2.50 at night since January 2009, but would rise to $4 at the end of next month. $27 peak hour, $3.20 off-peak, and $2.67 overnight.
Roads Minister John Graham acknowledged that “no toll increase is ever welcome” but said it was intended to provide toll relief to other motorists.
“The NSW Government believes it is appropriate to increase these tolls at a time when we are focused on delivering greater equity across the toll road network, regardless of your postcode,” Graham said in a statement on Saturday .
“Motorists in Western Sydney, who have little choice but to use motorways for work and family travel, have faced annual – and in many cases quarterly – toll increases since 2009, while bridge and tunnel tolls remain the same.”
The additional revenue will go toward the Minn government’s budget policy, which includes a $60 cap on tolls, which it says will cost $561 million over two years.