The Tamar Crossings website is the home page for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee.
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee is a local government committee formed by five councillors from each of the two Joint Authorities, Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council.
A special coalition between these two authorities began in 1950, when together they began lobbying national government to fund and construct a bridge across the lower reaches of the Tamar to secure the prosperity of the region. In 1955, in the face of increasingly compelling justification for a bridge and continuing government inaction, the Joint Authorities took the initiative to go forward with the scheme as a local joint enterprise. The following year they jointly promoted a parliamentary bill which would allow compulsory purchase of land to build a bridge and subsequently charge tolls to repay construction costs and fund future operation.
The Joint Authorities also took the opportunity to acquire joint possession of the Torpoint Ferry, at the time owned solely by Cornwall County Council, putting the control of these two vital local crossings of the Tamar together under the control of one governing body.
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee was subsequently established by the passing of the first Tamar Bridge Act, which received Royal Assent on 27th July 1957.
Since that time the Joint Committee has operated and maintained the two facilities, and has continued to invest in their improvement to meet changing demands.
Notable recent projects include :
· strengthening and widening of the Tamar Bridge between 1999 and 2001 at a cost of approximately £35 million
· replacement of the three Torpoint Ferries in 2005 and 2006 and associated shore works at a cost of approximately £19 million
· Tamar Bridge Toll Plaza Refurbishment and the Introduction of Electronic Toll Collection in 2006, together costing approximately £4.5 million
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry remain critical components of the region's transport infrastructure helping to safeguard the economic well being of Plymouth and South East Cornwall.