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SKYE BRIDGE CONTROVERSY TAKES ITS TOLL

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A 200-car tailback marked resident's protests against tolls on the Skye bridge. Drivers moved as slowly as possible...
A 200-car tailback marked resident's protests against tolls on the Skye bridge. Drivers moved as slowly as possible and paid the toll with small change and cheques, demanding receipts, to delay traffic.

The bridge's tolls - £4.30 one way in summer, £5.20 in winter - have been a source of controversy since it opened last October.

Highland Council, which covers Skye, is campaigning to persuade the government to lift the tolls. A working group has been set up to promote the campaign and councillors lobbied the Scottish secretary when he visited Inverness.

'We don't condone non-payment, but we do believe that the tolls are an unfair burden on the travelling public, particularly the residents of Skye and Lochaish,' Gordon Fyfe, the council's public relations manager told LGC.
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