Skye Bridge campaigner looks back during Bute visit

Skye Bridge tolls protester Andy Anderson pictured with Alison Clark from Bute Film, organisers of a special screening of The Bridge Rising, a 2013 documentary on the anti-toll campaign.
Skye Bridge tolls protester Andy Anderson pictured with Alison Clark from Bute Film, organisers of a special screening of The Bridge Rising, a 2013 documentary on the anti-toll campaign.

A leading member of the ten-year campaign against tolls on the Skye Bridge has shared memories of the experience during a visit to Rothesay.

Andy Anderson, who now lives in Dunoon, came to Bute for a screening of ‘The Bridge Rising’, a 2013 documentary film telling the story of the anti-toll campaign.

Asked after the screening about the comparison between the tolls and the cost of the ferry which the bridge replaced, Mr Anderson - who spent 11 days in prison for refusing to pay the tolls - said that while a commitment had been given when the bridge was announced that the toll would be cheaper, ferry fares then increased until, by the time the bridge opened, the toll was only very slightly less expensive.

“The government pushed the ferry fare up rapidly after announcing there was going to be a bridge,” he said. “They must have thought we were absolutely stupid.”

* More of Mr Anderson’s campaign reflections in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 5.