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Cameras 'not for charges'

PUBLISHED: 11:21 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:50 05 July 2010

Cameras filming traffic on Lowestoft's bascule bridge are not setting up the town for a congestion charge, said highway bosses.

White cameras mounted on the blue poles over the bridge appeared last week, fuelling rumours that motorists could be forced to pay to drive into the town or vehicles were being counted to provide evidence to back the case for a third crossing.

Cameras filming traffic on Lowestoft's bascule bridge are not setting up the town for a congestion charge, said highway bosses.

White cameras mounted on the blue poles over the bridge appeared last week, fuelling rumours that motorists could be forced to pay to drive into the town or vehicles were being counted to provide evidence to back the case for a third crossing.

But a spokesman for the agency said that Lowestoft was not getting a congestion charge, and confirmed that the cameras were simply being used to watch traffic. She said: “There have always been cameras on the bascule bridge to monitor shipping and motor traffic. These are simply new and upgraded models.”

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