Motorists could face increase in Mersey Tunnel tolls

Wirral Globe: Motorists could face increase in Mersey Tunnel tolls Motorists could face increase in Mersey Tunnel tolls

MOTORISTS could be hit with an increase in Mersey tunnel tolls in April.

Merseyside's Integrated Transport Authority will decide on whether to raise the cost during its budget meeting on February 7.

It follows publication of a Merseytravel report which says the authority would miss out on generating an additional £2.6m unless it agrees a rise.

The current cost is £1.50 per car but this could rise by 10p, an increase of 7%.

The last time tolls went up was in April of 2011 and they were frozen until the end of 2012 John McGoldrick, secretary of protest group Mersey Tunnel Users' Association, said any increase would be unwarranted.

He said: "There is no justification for increasing tunnel tolls and as times goes on it seems very likely that they could rise. Increases are bad news for motorists and businesses.

"Hopefully, when the board meets next month, it will recommend the toll stays at its current level.

"As the tolls currently stand, the Mersey crossing is the joint third most expensive, the only ones higher are the Severn and the Dartford crossing.

"At Dartford there is a discount for locals so that they pay 20p a crossing.

"When considering an increase, Merseytravel has to take into account the economic and social circumstances of Merseyside.

"Those circumstances are never good and Liverpool and Wirral have pockets with some of the greatest deprivation in England.

"Given the state of the whole country, Merseytravel would have to be mad to think that now is a reasonable time for them to extract even more money from the drivers and businesses that use the tunnels.”

A Merseytravel spokesman said: "The report is for information only and does not give members the facility to define the actual toll levels.

"Officers will be requested to produce a report for the authority budget setting meeting recommending the actual level of tolls.

"A final decision on any possible change in tunnel tolls will then carefully be considered by a meeting of the full authority."

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2:02pm Thu 3 Jan 13

WirralAl says...

Crazy idea it should be free never mind another increase.
Crazy idea it should be free never mind another increase. WirralAl
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4:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

JohnON says...

It's well-nigh impossible to get on or off the Wirral without putting money into Merseytravel's coffers. Beats me they haven't been investigated by the Competition Commission by now.
It's well-nigh impossible to get on or off the Wirral without putting money into Merseytravel's coffers. Beats me they haven't been investigated by the Competition Commission by now. JohnON
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8:47pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Witch Finder General 2 says...

The rise will happen mark my words No one knows the real legacy of the departure of Mr Scales,Dowd or Barclay (ill health) to Merseytravel.
Independent auditors have examined the transport authority’s books after the ECHO reported how an embarrassing internal dossier had revealed possible broken contract laws .Someone has to pay for failure and it is you and I as taxpayers.
The rise will happen mark my words No one knows the real legacy of the departure of Mr Scales,Dowd or Barclay (ill health) to Merseytravel. Independent auditors have examined the transport authority’s books after the ECHO reported how an embarrassing internal dossier had revealed possible broken contract laws .Someone has to pay for failure and it is you and I as taxpayers. Witch Finder General 2
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6:42pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

It would be nice to see a detailed account of what the vast profit from Tunnel Fees are actually spent on. Including the expenses collected by those sitting on Transport Committees

I understand the original construction debt costs have been cleared long ago, or has the tunnel been re-mortgaged since.

One thing we do know is that the motoring taxes collected from British drivers far exceeds very substantially the actual amount of money spent on Roads, Highways, Tunnels, and Bridges, throughout the entire country.

It is high time that Mersey Tunnel Fees vast income, is ring fenced exclusivly for Merseyside Cross River Travel.

There is a smell of creative accounting in the air.
It would be nice to see a detailed account of what the vast profit from Tunnel Fees are actually spent on. Including the expenses collected by those sitting on Transport Committees I understand the original construction debt costs have been cleared long ago, or has the tunnel been re-mortgaged since. One thing we do know is that the motoring taxes collected from British drivers far exceeds very substantially the actual amount of money spent on Roads, Highways, Tunnels, and Bridges, throughout the entire country. It is high time that Mersey Tunnel Fees vast income, is ring fenced exclusivly for Merseyside Cross River Travel. There is a smell of creative accounting in the air. Hugo1008
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7:44pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Positive thinker says...

Is 20p going to break the bank?
Is 20p going to break the bank? Positive thinker
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1:53pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pooboy says...

up it to £2.
it may encourage less carbon footprint AND get money into the train companies pockets.
The amount of people who drive into liverpool from wirral is just sheer LAZZINESS.....get the train.
up it to £2. it may encourage less carbon footprint AND get money into the train companies pockets. The amount of people who drive into liverpool from wirral is just sheer LAZZINESS.....get the train. pooboy
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3:44pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Hugo1008 says...

Message for Positive Thinker:

No your right,

20p per day 5 days a week 50 weeks a year, is not going to break the bank, but it is yet another tax on the local population, and when you multiply that by the sheer number of cars, vans, wagons and busses, every day.

It turns out to be a massive sum of money that we the people who live in Merseyside both sides of the River do not see any positive results from, what is your opinion on ring fencing that for local benefit.
Message for Positive Thinker: No your right, 20p per day 5 days a week 50 weeks a year, is not going to break the bank, but it is yet another tax on the local population, and when you multiply that by the sheer number of cars, vans, wagons and busses, every day. It turns out to be a massive sum of money that we the people who live in Merseyside both sides of the River do not see any positive results from, what is your opinion on ring fencing that for local benefit. Hugo1008
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6:50pm Wed 9 Jan 13

bickyboy says...

Doesn't affect me much because I work on the Wirral, but it still grieves me to see working people being used as cash cows by a committee which is notorious for its inflated expenses claims.
Doesn't affect me much because I work on the Wirral, but it still grieves me to see working people being used as cash cows by a committee which is notorious for its inflated expenses claims. bickyboy
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