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ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:09:58 AM »
ITCHEN BRIDGE (Logo) Rev. City of Southampton red plastic 25.8mm
                                                         
Listed as GBR-E 705 RN  Pr 26 Sq-sc ITCHEN BRIDGE (Logo)  City of Southampton A PV


[Kushi I am baffled by the Sq-sc! I do see the Sq ch but sc?] ...PV ?
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 10:56:45 PM »
Sq-sc in column five of the bridge token catalogue indicates that the center device, a square, has been stencil-cut out of the token. Perhaps something like Sqh for square hole would be a better designation. If the terminology was only Sq that would indicate a solid suspended square in the center.

In any case this piece would appear a newer issue, not in the catalogue. All the other plastic Southampton ITCHEN BRIDGE tokens include abbreviations: APV, CV, A, A PV or D PV. Any guesses about the abbreviations. I would say CV = commercial vehicle, PV = public vehicle.

Tokens were taken out of use on 31 January 2013. Now only Smartcities cards are in use.

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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 11:36:19 PM »
Thank you, I had thought the PV was some of your own abbreviations. I now understand it actually appears on the tokens.

I agree "CV = commercial vehicle, PV = public vehicle" does indeed the most likely although I see that both types were green at one stage, this would not help!
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2014, 12:12:49 AM »
I was wondering if it was to do with classes - a class D PCV is a large bus, at some point this was changed changed from a class 1 PSV - but that doesn't explain the class A
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2014, 12:30:38 AM »
Thinking again, perhaps the PV means private vehicle?  the letters could then perhaps designate such things as:  utility, van, FWD etc. [but why?]

Here is the list to save to-ing and fro-ing.

City of Southampton APV (Vars.)
City of Southampton CV (Vars.)
Soputhampton City Council A
City of Soputhampton A PV
City of Soputhampton A PV
City of Southampton CV
City of Southampton D PV
City of Southampton D PV


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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2014, 12:52:11 AM »
The current charging structure is here

« Last Edit: November 13, 2015, 05:57:28 PM by Niels »
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2014, 12:58:24 AM »
also found this -
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Southampton-Itchen-bridge-tokens-x15-/220815106031

 

Southampton Itchen bridge tokens x15

I lived in southampton a couple of years ago and have just found some old bridge tokens.

I have 10x blue tokens and 5x red tokens. These can be used by cars and light vans in class 3 only. See council website for more details if in doubt.

Grab a bargain with these at less than half the normal price.

The price of the tokens if bought normally at full price are:
• Peak Periods (Blue token) Mon-Fri 0700 to 0930 and 1600 to 1830 £4.00 per 10 tokens.
• Off-peak (Red token) £3.00 per 10 tokens.

Normal rate to cross the bridge is 60p peak, 50p off peak.

Auction is for all of the tokens!
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2014, 01:13:21 AM »
From here no date

The tokens can be used instead of cash to cross the Itchen Bridge. Red tokens for off-peak crossings cost 30p, instead of the 50p toll. Blue tokens for peak crossing cost 40p, instead of the 60p toll.

The £12.2m Itchen Bridge opened in 1977. Tolls have raised £50m. The council says they were put in place chiefly to manage traffic flows. The council is separately paying off the construction costs under loans that are expected to run until 2016.

Around seven million vehicles pass over the bridge a year. About 1.8 million use tokens.

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This peak and off peak use of tokens applies to Southampton residents only
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2014, 01:41:45 AM »
An earlier type from eBay,

Southampton Penny Token. Itchen Bridge. 31mm lead.

This is from the time the Itchen Bridge was a "floating" bridge.
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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2014, 10:58:30 AM »
Received the token in the first post in the mail today. Happy to see the research in this thread. What surprises is that the bridge on the token bears no resemblance to the real bridge, inaugurated in 1977.

Glad Malcolm mentioned the "floating bridge". It turned out to be a banal car ferry, but it was also surprising in the  sense that its shape didn't change in 100 years. The postcard shows the ferry at the beginning of its career, the illustration from Wiki at the end. However, the different angles give you a pretty good idea of what it looked like, so I included both.

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Re: ITCHEN BRIDGE Southampton
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2014, 12:01:06 AM »
We now have to find the companion blue token - apart from the other earlier varieties.
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