Friday, 24 August 2012

A tale of two bridges

A day on the upper Thames today, for two boat tests.  First stop was Lechlade.  I parked the car in the town, then walked over Halfpenny Bridge to the meadow where the boat was moored.

The sunshine didn't last long and at times the rain was quite heavy, but the photos for this boat have already been taken so it didn't matter.

In the afternoon, I drove to Eynsham -- a day away by boat, but half an hour in the car.  The second bridge of the day was the Swinford Toll Bridge.  The toll for a car is 5p; there were quite a few cars crossing, but I still wonder whether the tolls collected actually pay the wages of the guy collecting them.  We passed under the bridge when we took the boat for a little spin, before turning above Eynsham Lock.  I didn't get chance to take a photo of the bridge today, so here's one from our Thames trip last September.


Neil Corbett said...

I believe the Thames toll bridges are quite profitable. The Swinford one was sold a couple of years ago for over a million and is reckoned to pull in a gross income of over 190 grand a year.
There was a plan to install cash operated barriers so they could collect 24hrs a day but I don't know if they did.

Whitchurch now charges 40p for cars!

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