Birkenhead MP calls for vote against tunnel toll increase

Frank Field said: “Wirral has got the transport authorities stacked against it

Frank Field said: “Wirral has got the transport authorities stacked against it"

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With just hours to go before Merseytravel councillors meet to bring in an expected 10p increase in tunnel tolls, Birkenhead MP Frank Field is calling on members to vote against “the tunnel poll tax.”

The influential Labour MP says tolls “unfairly discriminates against Wirral and some Liverpool residents”.

He has also called on the Labour-controlled transport authority to outline proposals to eliminate the tunnel debt and embark on a programme of toll reductions.

Mr Field said: “Wirral has got the transport authorities stacked against it.

“Wirral certainly, maybe Liverpool, has an interest in not increasing tunnel tolls.

“Few of the other authorities are affected by this increase but they vote a poll tax increase on Wirral residents.

"Wirral residents are subsidising the transport projects which probably most of them know nothing of, let alone use.

“This year’s accounts show an £8m surplus on the tunnel operation.

“This money must be allocated towards paying off the debt and so begin a process of cutting this iniquitous tunnel poll tax.”

Wirral’s deputy mayor, Cllr Steve Foulkes, is a member of the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority Board and voted against the increase last year.

In response to Mr Field’s request, Cllr Foulkes told the Globe: "The tunnels and tolls are part of Merseyside's Transport solution.

"The real solution would be for the government to integrate the tunnels into the national roads network, paid for by the taxpayer.

"The have flatly refused to make it part of the national road network.

"Clearly, I cannot pre-empt this afternoon’s vote, but I will certainly take on board issues raised."

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10:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

bigfoot says...

The main protagonists are councillors whose authority area is out of the immediate area such as Sefton and Knowsley.
The main protagonists are councillors whose authority area is out of the immediate area such as Sefton and Knowsley. bigfoot
  • Score: 6

11:29am Thu 6 Feb 14

rover600 says...

Frank Field is spot on with what he says, it is scandalous to consider price increases it is also disingenuous for Steve Foulkes to blame central government, the tolls make a profit, funds from it are diverted to subsidise other forms of merseytravel. This so called debt could have been repaid years ago instead it gets restructured to the benefit of mersey travel not the benefit of users or the communities of Wirral & Liverpool. I'd urge Frank to pursue the option of central government taking this over, by all means let them keep it as a toll but hopefully at a reduced tae and central government gets the funding, for sure it would remove the need then for these so called 'Councillors' to meet and discuss it therefore reducing expenses too. They call that a 'Win-Win' scenario but of course greedy aviriscous 'councillors won't vote to relinquish control for it will remove some of the 20 pieces of gold they rake in in expenses being part of it.

I can hear it now "It's only 20p a day, in my case it would add another £50-£60 a year to mine & other's commute,.
Frank Field is spot on with what he says, it is scandalous to consider price increases it is also disingenuous for Steve Foulkes to blame central government, the tolls make a profit, funds from it are diverted to subsidise other forms of merseytravel. This so called debt could have been repaid years ago instead it gets restructured to the benefit of mersey travel not the benefit of users or the communities of Wirral & Liverpool. I'd urge Frank to pursue the option of central government taking this over, by all means let them keep it as a toll but hopefully at a reduced tae and central government gets the funding, for sure it would remove the need then for these so called 'Councillors' to meet and discuss it therefore reducing expenses too. They call that a 'Win-Win' scenario but of course greedy aviriscous 'councillors won't vote to relinquish control for it will remove some of the 20 pieces of gold they rake in in expenses being part of it. I can hear it now "It's only 20p a day, in my case it would add another £50-£60 a year to mine & other's commute,. rover600
  • Score: 7

1:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

PaulCa says...

Quick as a flash, Frank Field never misses an opportunity to hitch to an easy bandwagon and consolidate his majority.
Quick as a flash, Frank Field never misses an opportunity to hitch to an easy bandwagon and consolidate his majority. PaulCa
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hugo1008 says...

Sir Frank of the Fields, Knows full well the increase will go through he is every bit as agile as the fragrant Lady McVeigh when it come to photograph opportunities and get you name in the media.

Strange neither of them ever squeak up in the house where it really matters, not that either of them nor any of the 66 Parasites we have in Council here on Wirral, ever pay tunnel toils, its all down to that lovely trough of expenses.

Remember when ever you get a chance to vote either Local or National do not pick the same face or pick a political party lap dog.
Go for a "New Face" any new face they cannot be any worse than what we have at present, if you lucky you may have the chance to pick a "New Face" that actually listens to what the electorate wants.

Failing that by picking a "New Face" all the candidates get the message that in the future if they do not take heed of the best interests of the local population thet will soon be out on their ear.
Plus when you pick a "New Face" you at least get the satisfaction of knowing you are spreading the benifuts of the Trough of Plenty into new families and wider location.
It is a form of Wealth Distribution by you and you shake up the system to give you better service that you have had for decades before.

"Pick a New Face" it is what the spin doctors call a Win Win Situation.
Sir Frank of the Fields, Knows full well the increase will go through he is every bit as agile as the fragrant Lady McVeigh when it come to photograph opportunities and get you name in the media. Strange neither of them ever squeak up in the house where it really matters, not that either of them nor any of the 66 Parasites we have in Council here on Wirral, ever pay tunnel toils, its all down to that lovely trough of expenses. Remember when ever you get a chance to vote either Local or National do not pick the same face or pick a political party lap dog. Go for a "New Face" any new face they cannot be any worse than what we have at present, if you lucky you may have the chance to pick a "New Face" that actually listens to what the electorate wants. Failing that by picking a "New Face" all the candidates get the message that in the future if they do not take heed of the best interests of the local population thet will soon be out on their ear. Plus when you pick a "New Face" you at least get the satisfaction of knowing you are spreading the benifuts of the Trough of Plenty into new families and wider location. It is a form of Wealth Distribution by you and you shake up the system to give you better service that you have had for decades before. "Pick a New Face" it is what the spin doctors call a Win Win Situation. Hugo1008
  • Score: 0

9:10am Fri 7 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Frank,

These poor people who use the tunnel can you sort a
voucher out for the food bank
Frank, These poor people who use the tunnel can you sort a voucher out for the food bank Positive thinker
  • Score: -2

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