About Whitney toll bridge

Whitney Bridge is a major part of social history in the UK. When it was built in the late 1770s the country was in deep recession and there were no available funds for building the much needed infrastructure. The Prime Minister of the time - William Pitt the Younger - developed a scheme of public private partnerships across the country to support this economic growth. There were thousands of toll roads, bridges and ferries built with private funding and as recompense the owners were allowed to charge a toll to recoup the building costs. The toll fees were intended to be commensurate to reimbursement of build costs plus on-going maintenance and management costs. The fees to this day are still governed by the Secretary of State for Transport and can only be changed with a new Act of Parliament and a business case for the increase. Today there are only eight privately owned Toll Bridges left in the UK - Whitney Bridge is one of the eight. To see the full history click this linked document here.

To see how we manage Whitney Bridge please have a click on our Procedural Governance.

To view the original Act of Parliament 1780 click on this link.


Toll fees

The daily toll fee for a motor vehicle to cross (any number of times between midnight to midnight) is £1 (tokens and season tickets are available for regular users at highly reduced rates) - click here.

  • Cycles are free
  • Motorcycles are free

There is a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes on the bridge and a speed limit of 5mph

Click the document here to see how the toll works.