THE cost of driving up Ryde Pier will double from £1 to £2.

The increased toll charge, for customers paying by cash, will come into effect on Sunday.

However, a contactless option will be available for people paying by card, Apple of Android Pay — which will cost £1.30.

Wightlink said it had invested in the contactless technology to give FastCat customers a choice in how they pay the toll.

It said the increase was the first since 2011, and reflected the cost of repairs and maintenance of the 205-year-old Grade II listed structure.

Wightlink invested £5.5 million refurbishing Ryde Pier in 2010.

Since then, further repairs and maintenance have cost £2.6 million.

Work currently underway involves wrapping the pier’s concrete piles in carbon fibre to protect them from corrosion at a cost of £155,000.

“Ryde Pier is the UK’s oldest working pier, and the second longest. We are very conscious of its heritage and are determined to keep it in good condition,” said Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield.

“Increasing the toll in line with inflation helps us defray the cost of repairs and maintenance. Many customers have told us they would like to pay the pier toll by card or smartphone and this new barrier entry system gives them that option.”

The new entry system will be installed this week and will come into operation at 4pm on Sunday.

It will not take American Express cards.