Opinions differ …
The other question is, Why is the viaduct free but the bridge a toll road?
Far more interesting than either is the Pont Transporteur at Rochefort between the two.
Fab photo David…
so many questions… for a sunny Saturday… perhaps someone has the answers…
Not mine and a bit blurred but the bridge is fascinating. It’s similar to the one on the Tyne that starred in one of the Aufwiedersehen Pet series.
It’s political. It became free in 1994 and nearly became a toll road again in 2017.
The toll was removed from the modern road bridge next to the Pont Transporteur in Rochefort about 15 years ago, presumably for the same reason.
The Tamar Bridge linking Plymouth and Saltash had a toll that was supposed to be dropped once the bridge was paid for. It wasn’t and has been earning money for the past 40 years or so. It’s nice to see that some local authorities actually do as they promised.
The bridge in Saint Nazaire used to be a toll road too. It became free 20 years ago, because of the construction of another bridge in Nantes which was free. The trucks would take another road to avoid the toll. So, the income of the St Nazaire brigde dropped. Sounds like a proper racket those toll bridge to me, middle age taxe !
I first saw it in Les Demoiselles de Rochefort and thought oo er. TransBorDeur I think you have an overzealous spellcheck
Spell checking in one language when typing in another.
The good thing about the Ile de Ré bridge is that it is much cheaper out of season. I sometimes go over during the winter in the car, if I want to visit in the summer I sail.
Sailed under the bridge years ago, on the way back to the UK from the Med’, and earlier, thro’ that same channel, again returning from the Med’, before the bridge was built, in about 71, when the Ile de Ré was a much more peaceful place
pas de panique… I’m in a state just thinking about that broken cable…
It was still there when I sailed up that way this evening.