Scotland Abolishes Bridge Tolls

Old May 31st, 2007, 04:52 PM
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Scotland Abolishes Bridge Tolls

In one of the first decisions of the Scottish Parliament since the elections on 3 May, tolls on the Forth Road Bridge and Tay Road Bridge are to be abolished by the end of 2007. The two bridges on the east coast were the only ones in Scotland where you had to pay to get across and this did a lot of damage to tourism and the local economy. The Kingdom of Fife suffered more than most as it has the Forth Bridge to the south and the Tay Bridge to the north as it main access routes. The tolls also caused big traffic congestion especially when goinig north from Edinburgh into Fife, Perthshire and beyond.
Well done the new Scottish Government. If they can do this in a month they can do great things in four years.
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Old May 31st, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Fingers crossed for the Dartford River Crossing next! 8-)
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Old Jun 6th, 2007, 05:03 PM
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RM67,
I don't think Alex Salmond's influence stretched quite that far, but as the soon to be crowned GB Prime Minister lives right under the Forth Road Bridge he might be sympathetic to your desires.
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Where will the trolls live if they have been abolished from the bridges?
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 10:04 AM
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Not that I'm doubting you, Craig m'dear, but I can't find this on the news?
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 10:10 AM
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Ira- the word troll(s) has been officially banned by Fodor's editors.
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Old Jun 7th, 2007, 10:13 AM
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sheila,

http://tinyurl.com/2z3rxx
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 01:12 AM
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I see. It's in the Scottish press as a proposal.

Oh well; not a bad thing.
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 02:20 AM
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Come on Welsh Assembly are you watching ???

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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 03:10 AM
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Curious news, I live in Fife and cross Forth Brige and Tay Bridge regularly, watch BBC Reporting Scotland daily. I will be the first one jumping for joy if that is true!
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 04:25 AM
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The Forth Road Bridge toll is £1. Do you really think that deters people from visiting Fife ?
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 09:45 AM
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Caroline - why do you think Americans at least use the word Scotch to mean cheapskate?
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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Ouch! Think you should batten down the hatches after that one PalenQ. Cheapskate! Definite red card offence!
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 10:09 AM
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I just wonder how they will pay for maintemance
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Ouch! Think you should batten down the hatches after that one PalenQ. Cheapskate! Definite red card offence!

at least that's better than being a Welcher - slang for Welsh and somebody who goes back on a deal

i think probably the English came up with these terms and they sent them over here on the Mayflower.

Nothing bad for Irish i can think of.
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Of an illogical statement
"That sounds a bit Irish"
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Old Jun 8th, 2007, 03:28 PM
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Hi Caroline
£1 !!! hell thats cheap the severn bridge is now £5.20 for a car and £20 odd for a lorry.

Rip off !!
But its unlikely the W Assembly will subsidise the severn bridge.

Its a laf !!
Just like that pub we went to that ran out of lemonade...lol
When u next in cardiff?
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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 12:21 AM
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Hi Mucky. We'll next be down in October : I made the mistake of booking opera without checking whether that weekend was impacted by rugby (as I would in Feb/Mar) - silly me not to realise it's impacted by a rugby tournament *supposedly happening in France* !! So driving down & hoping to stay with our friends whose house has been getting done up for 3.5 years.
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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 01:13 AM
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"at least that's better than being a Welcher - slang for Welsh and somebody who goes back on a deal"

And your evidence for this is?

"i think probably the English came up with these terms"
But NO reputable etymological dictionary does.
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Old Jun 11th, 2007, 01:25 AM
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IRA: I could have sworn the title of this thread was actually "Scotland Abolishes Bridge TROLLS, and I read it 3 times!
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