Mersey Tunnel tolls to increase

Wirral Globe: Tunnel tolls to increase Tunnel tolls to increase

MOTORISTS will see a 10p increase in Mersey Tunnel toll.

It means the cost of driving through the tunnel will rise to £1.60 from April this year.

The hike was approved when the Merseytravel board met on Thursday afternoon.

John McGoldrick, secretary of Mersey Tunnels Users Association, said: "Users of the tunnels will be disappointed at this decision, but we are not surprised as before the meeting it looked as if they had already decided to increase the tolls.

"This increase on already high tolls is not only a blow to those who use the tunnels it will be a blow for most of the people and businesses in the region.

"We told the councillors before the meeting that tolls are a physical, financial and psychological barrier that divides families as well as the economy.

"It seems that the pleas from us and others fell on deaf ears because most politicians only see roads users as a cash cow to generate money for their various spending plans."

Councillor Liam Robinson, chairman of Merseytravel, said: "We understand that motorists will not welcome any rise, but members of the authority decided on this step after extremely careful consideration.

"The decision to make no change to Fast Tag charges means that many motorists will feel no adverse impact at all, and it should be welcomed by all tunnel users.

"We were very conscious of the economic background, and acknowledge that the region is facing a challenging time, but under the Mersey Tunnels Act it is presumed that the actual tolls charged must rise in line with inflation.

"If that were the case this time, tolls would have had to rise to £1.80, but members used their powers to restrict the increase to only 10p."

Merseytravel’s Wirral board members – Cllrs Steve Foulkes, Ron Abbey, John Salter and Les Rowlands - all voted against the increase.

The new tolls will be £1.60 for cars; £3.20 class two; £4.80 class three and £6.40 for class four. Fast Tag discounts have been frozen.

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4:12pm Thu 7 Feb 13

WirralAl says...

Crazy plan.
Crazy plan. WirralAl
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6:35pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

There's the answer get a fast tag
There's the answer get a fast tag Positive thinker
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8:54pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Jayo says...

Politically motivated to increase the pain. The faux working class party sticking it to the working class once again.
Politically motivated to increase the pain. The faux working class party sticking it to the working class once again. Jayo
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8:52pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Mr.Miffed says...

Why is it that we in Merseyside have only two places to cross our river, (maybe three if you include Runcorn Bridge, and I believe, once (or if ever) the new Runcorn Bridge is built, they are going to charge for that also.) The cost crossing the River Mersey is once again about to rise, to £1.60 pence each way. I, during my business, sometimes have to cross the river two and on occasions three times per day. Why is it then, people in London have numerous places to cross their river, far more crossings than we have, and yet, not one person has to pay a penny to get across there.
Instead of raising the tolls, we should be protesting, not only for free river crossings but more crossings. Why can we not have a bridge from the M53 at Hooton to Speke, or a crossing from Seaforth Docks area at Dunnings Bridge Road (where it meets the M57 and M58 motorways systems, a bridge or new tunnel system joining the M53 interchange at Wallasey and then continue through Wirral over a Bridge across the River Dee to meet the A55 North Wales. Imagine the time and fuel saved getting from the North of the River Mersey (Lancashire, The lake District etc., to say Holyhead in North Wales.
Why does everything have to be okay for Londoners but not for us?
Why is it that we in Merseyside have only two places to cross our river, (maybe three if you include Runcorn Bridge, and I believe, once (or if ever) the new Runcorn Bridge is built, they are going to charge for that also.) The cost crossing the River Mersey is once again about to rise, to £1.60 pence each way. I, during my business, sometimes have to cross the river two and on occasions three times per day. Why is it then, people in London have numerous places to cross their river, far more crossings than we have, and yet, not one person has to pay a penny to get across there. Instead of raising the tolls, we should be protesting, not only for free river crossings but more crossings. Why can we not have a bridge from the M53 at Hooton to Speke, or a crossing from Seaforth Docks area at Dunnings Bridge Road (where it meets the M57 and M58 motorways systems, a bridge or new tunnel system joining the M53 interchange at Wallasey and then continue through Wirral over a Bridge across the River Dee to meet the A55 North Wales. Imagine the time and fuel saved getting from the North of the River Mersey (Lancashire, The lake District etc., to say Holyhead in North Wales. Why does everything have to be okay for Londoners but not for us? Mr.Miffed
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11:25am Sat 9 Feb 13

ohshutup says...

I do agree that the toll should be abolished, instead of using the cash for other things, just pay off any debt which is left and get rid of the barriers.

But that would mean job losses (Tunnel staff and I guess the Tunnel police)

Also, do we really need ANOTHER crossing? The tunnels themselves are rarely at gridlock, no more than any other road. I'd say the majority of holdups happen at the toll booths.
I do agree that the toll should be abolished, instead of using the cash for other things, just pay off any debt which is left and get rid of the barriers. But that would mean job losses (Tunnel staff and I guess the Tunnel police) Also, do we really need ANOTHER crossing? The tunnels themselves are rarely at gridlock, no more than any other road. I'd say the majority of holdups happen at the toll booths. ohshutup
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5:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

What planet are you on Mr Miffed?
What planet are you on Mr Miffed? Positive thinker
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5:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

What planet are you on Mr Miffed?
What planet are you on Mr Miffed? Positive thinker
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7:18pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

What is needed in the River Mersey is a substantial bridge, not just a river crossing but a structure with built in Electric Generating equipment.

The tide surges in and out about every 12 hours this mighty flow alone would generate enough electricity for substantial areas both sides of the river, and what is more would pay for the bridge construction in a few years, and then on for generations to come.

It is totally wrong that Merseyside People paying Tolls, are taxed in this way over and above most other parts of the Country, that happens to have a river dividing their communities.

It does not happen in London as has been posted, nor Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, in the same way as it does in Merseyside.
What is needed in the River Mersey is a substantial bridge, not just a river crossing but a structure with built in Electric Generating equipment. The tide surges in and out about every 12 hours this mighty flow alone would generate enough electricity for substantial areas both sides of the river, and what is more would pay for the bridge construction in a few years, and then on for generations to come. It is totally wrong that Merseyside People paying Tolls, are taxed in this way over and above most other parts of the Country, that happens to have a river dividing their communities. It does not happen in London as has been posted, nor Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, in the same way as it does in Merseyside. Hugo1008
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12:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

David Scott says...

The plan for the 'Mersey Gateway' at Runcorn (i.e. a new bridge), is for tolls to be charged at Runcorn for both the old and new bridges, and the Mersey Gateway website says tolls will be at a similar level to those charged for the Mersey Tunnel. So there are considerable vested interests in tolls being kept (and increased) for the Mersey Tunnel.
The plan for the 'Mersey Gateway' at Runcorn (i.e. a new bridge), is for tolls to be charged at Runcorn for both the old and new bridges, and the Mersey Gateway website says tolls will be at a similar level to those charged for the Mersey Tunnel. So there are considerable vested interests in tolls being kept (and increased) for the Mersey Tunnel. David Scott
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