2020 tolls changes approved by Broads Authority

Following consultation with the Tolls Review Group and the Navigation Committee, the Broads Authority has agreed a differential increase in tolls for 2020/2021 that showcases a commitment to sustainability in the Broads.

On Friday 22 November the Broads Authority resolved to increase the toll for powered vessels by 2.9% and for unpowered, hybrid and electric vessels by 1%, widening the gap between vessels using fossil fuels and more environmentally-friendly craft.

This year’s total income from tolls has been in line with the budget, though hire boat income has been a little below the forecast and private boat income a little higher. To maintain the existing level of services a 1.3% across the board increase would be required in line with inflation. However, we are anticipating a net reduction of 10 weekly hired motor cruisers in 2020/21, requiring a 0.5% increase to offset the lost income.

Another key project funded by tolls in 2020/2021 will be the purchase and installation of a new free 24 hour mooring at Peto’s Marsh (Oulton Broad) to provide access to the Angles Way and in time for the opening of the new Suffolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Carlton Marshes. The work is expected to be completed next summer at an estimated cost of £30,000, equivalent to adding a 1% increase across the board to next year’s charges.

However, Members also decided to have lower levels of increase, just 1%, for unpowered, hybrid and electric powered vessels to demonstrate the Broads Authority’s commitment to tackling climate change. Members recognised that in itself this is unlikely to lead to a major shift in the propulsion used on the Broads (because non-fossil fuel technology for boats is still in its infancy), however they thought it was important to give a signal of the direction the Broads needs to travel. This means that in total, diesel and petrol powered vessels will pay an extra 2.9% next year. For a 38m2 diesel powered private motor cruiser, the 0.1% difference equates to a 38 pence increase.

Examples of the increased charges are as follows:

  • A small sailing boat will pay an extra 40 pence while the same sized motor boat will pay an extra £1.95.
  • A 12m2 hired day boat will pay an extra £3.96 if it has an electric motor and £16.32 if it has a diesel or petrol engine.
  • A 38m2 diesel powered weekly hired motor cruiser will pay an extra £33.82 while the same vessel in private ownership will pay an extra £14.82.

Thursday 28 November 2019