LiveMerseytravel to vote on Mersey Tunnel toll hike

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  • Merseyside's Transport Authority budget meeting agreed to a 10p hike, taking the fee to £1.70 for Class 1 vehicles.
  • But Merseytravel could have increased the toll to £1.80 under the Tunnels Act 2004.
  • Campaigners urged councillors to vote against the proposed increase.
  • Birkenhead MP Frank Field called on the authority to outline proposals to eliminate the tunnel debt and embark on a programme of toll reductions.

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2:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

JimmyMercury says...

Be like turkeys voting against Christmas!
Be like turkeys voting against Christmas! JimmyMercury
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sonoferic says...

As Merseytravel already based its 2014/15 budget on a toll rise, this was always a done deal and quite predictable. Talking about predictability, the impression that they're somehow doing tunnel users a favour by not increasing tolls by the full amount allowed.....wow, didn't see that one coming.

As for Councillor Robinson's assertion "this is what an integrated transport network is about." Err, no. Singling out a specific type of Merseytravel user (i.e. tunnel users) to provide subsidies to prop up the rest of your network is not what it's all about. Other cities and transport authorities seem to manage just fine without the cash cow you call the Mersey Tunnel providing cross-subsidies.
As Merseytravel already based its 2014/15 budget on a toll rise, this was always a done deal and quite predictable. Talking about predictability, the impression that they're somehow doing tunnel users a favour by not increasing tolls by the full amount allowed.....wow, didn't see that one coming. As for Councillor Robinson's assertion "this is what an integrated transport network is about." Err, no. Singling out a specific type of Merseytravel user (i.e. tunnel users) to provide subsidies to prop up the rest of your network is not what it's all about. Other cities and transport authorities seem to manage just fine without the cash cow you call the Mersey Tunnel providing cross-subsidies. sonoferic
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Sargon says...

Fantastic, once again the Mersey Tunnel authorities have voted to stab Wirral - and Liverpool - in the back with yet more above-inflation unnecessary increases.

I find it astonishing that Scotland is able to abolish tolls on its river crossings, and yet as soon as the Mersey Tunnel loans were paid off, tolls skyrocketed.

I'm lucky - I don't have to pay the tunnel tax every day, but it certainly makes "popping over to Liverpool" just that little bit less attractive.
Fantastic, once again the Mersey Tunnel authorities have voted to stab Wirral - and Liverpool - in the back with yet more above-inflation unnecessary increases. I find it astonishing that Scotland is able to abolish tolls on its river crossings, and yet as soon as the Mersey Tunnel loans were paid off, tolls skyrocketed. I'm lucky - I don't have to pay the tunnel tax every day, but it certainly makes "popping over to Liverpool" just that little bit less attractive. Sargon
  • Score: 1

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