Mersey Tunnel tolls to rise by 10p

Wirral Globe: Mersey Tunnel tolls to rise by 10p Mersey Tunnel tolls to rise by 10p

Mersey Tunnel tolls are to rise by 10p to £1.70 this April after transport authority Merseytravel voted in favour of a price hike.

The move will increase tunnel revenues by £2.4m.

Wirral Council's delegates at the budget meeting pushed for a freeze, with former Labour leader Steve Foulkes pressing for a Merseyside discount to be introduced.

Councillor Foulkes said the authority should continue to campaign for the national road network to take over funding of the tunnels.

He said he would not support the increase proposal.

Hesewall councillor Les Rowlands said: "Merseytravel should be sending out a message to say look, we realise that this is hard, we realise that this is going to have an impact on the local economy with people going to work, it's going to be a hard time to put an increase on the tunnel toll.

"While the reserves are healthy, the £2.4m can be found elsewhere.

"Let's send a message that Merseytravel is not prepared to put the tolls up every year."

Chairman Liam Robinson said: "I understand it is always a very difficult and challenging decision.

"But it is important to view the tunnels as an integrated part of the region's transport network.

"The 10p increase is proportionate and, on balance, is the best decision we can take in very difficult circumstances at this moment in time."

A motion to freeze the tolls put forward by Cllr Rowlands was voted down.

John McGoldrick, secretary of the Mersey Tunnel Users Association, described the decision as a fait accompli.

He told the Globe he was glad to see three Wirral councillors vote against it. Leasowe councillor Ron Abbey was not at the meeting

"The whole thing is just a piece of theatre," said Mr McGoldrick.

"I would like to stress the reason politicians do this, increase the tolls, is because people just don't shout enough.

"Unless Wirral people are prepared to shout we are never going to see a stop to this.

"We are never going to see an end to the tunnel tolls."
 

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3:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

WirralAl says...

Another easy target for revenue.

The two tunnels should be run by different companies to provide some competition. When one company has control of the market and can do what ever it wants just like they have done. Just like they knew they would do. Same service just more money for it. Simply a cash cow being milked.

This should be referred to the Monopolies commission.
Another easy target for revenue. The two tunnels should be run by different companies to provide some competition. When one company has control of the market and can do what ever it wants just like they have done. Just like they knew they would do. Same service just more money for it. Simply a cash cow being milked. This should be referred to the Monopolies commission. WirralAl

4:41pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Thepleb says...

This 6% rise plus the 2% council tax rise, my last wage rise 4 years ago - 1%,it would be more worthwhile on the dole the amount you are left with at the end of the month and I am earning above the suppose average, Jesus just give us all a break.
This 6% rise plus the 2% council tax rise, my last wage rise 4 years ago - 1%,it would be more worthwhile on the dole the amount you are left with at the end of the month and I am earning above the suppose average, Jesus just give us all a break. Thepleb

5:01pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Breakpoint says...

Once again St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley & Liverpool councillors outnumber the Wirral councillors to push this rise through. There are far more people that travel from Wirral to Liverpool for work rather than Liverpool to Wirral so the councillors vote for the price hike to go through so the people of Wirral suffer with the extra funds raised being used in St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley & Liverpool with Wirral yet again losing out.
Chairman Liam Robinson said "The 10p increase is proportionate and, on balance, is the best decision we can take in very difficult circumstances at this moment in time." - How about the best decision you could do at this moment in time is freeze the tolls. The hard working public are slowly being squeezed for every penny they earn, these tolls are disguised as another tax for essential tunnel users. Can you not give the regular tunnel users a break?.
Before anyone asks, I am not a regular tunnel user. I am just sick and tired of councillors using this as a stealth tax against the public.
Well done Wirral councillors on voting against the proposed rise but the odds were always against you.
Once again St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley & Liverpool councillors outnumber the Wirral councillors to push this rise through. There are far more people that travel from Wirral to Liverpool for work rather than Liverpool to Wirral so the councillors vote for the price hike to go through so the people of Wirral suffer with the extra funds raised being used in St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley & Liverpool with Wirral yet again losing out. Chairman Liam Robinson said "The 10p increase is proportionate and, on balance, is the best decision we can take in very difficult circumstances at this moment in time." - How about the best decision you could do at this moment in time is freeze the tolls. The hard working public are slowly being squeezed for every penny they earn, these tolls are disguised as another tax for essential tunnel users. Can you not give the regular tunnel users a break?. Before anyone asks, I am not a regular tunnel user. I am just sick and tired of councillors using this as a stealth tax against the public. Well done Wirral councillors on voting against the proposed rise but the odds were always against you. Breakpoint

9:41am Fri 7 Feb 14

No.9 says...

Wirral commuters will now be taxed £700 per year more than Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton commuters to travel to work in Liverpool. Is that fair? Direct action is needed to stop this legalised theft.
Wirral commuters will now be taxed £700 per year more than Knowsley, St Helens and Sefton commuters to travel to work in Liverpool. Is that fair? Direct action is needed to stop this legalised theft. No.9

10:58am Fri 7 Feb 14

JohnON says...

"Well done Wirral councillors on voting against the proposed rise but the odds were always against you."

Indeed. God help Wirral when the Merseyside Super Council finds its feet.
"Well done Wirral councillors on voting against the proposed rise but the odds were always against you." Indeed. God help Wirral when the Merseyside Super Council finds its feet. JohnON

11:00am Fri 7 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Don't worry about the rise if you get a bit strapped for cash ie 40p
a day £2.00 a week jand it has an impact on you being able to eat
I am sure your local food bank can help
Don't worry about the rise if you get a bit strapped for cash ie 40p a day £2.00 a week jand it has an impact on you being able to eat I am sure your local food bank can help Positive thinker

4:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

davr0s says...

Good idea, WirralAl - the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is now called the Competition Commission and can be contacted at info@cc.gsi.gov.uk.
Good idea, WirralAl - the Monopolies and Mergers Commission is now called the Competition Commission and can be contacted at info@cc.gsi.gov.uk. davr0s

9:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jayo says...

More LABOUR TAX rises really hope they win the next general election so they can extort more of my wages and claim they are on my side.
More LABOUR TAX rises really hope they win the next general election so they can extort more of my wages and claim they are on my side. Jayo

6:59am Sun 9 Feb 14

David Scott says...

The tunnel tolls make attempts to revive Wirral's economy largely futile. We will be falling behind the rest of the so-called 'City Region' while this continues. It will require a government prepared to bring this tolls nonsense to an end, but the trend in England is to do the reverse, with tolls to come in at Runcorn. Another reason not the vote for the LibLabCon.
The tunnel tolls make attempts to revive Wirral's economy largely futile. We will be falling behind the rest of the so-called 'City Region' while this continues. It will require a government prepared to bring this tolls nonsense to an end, but the trend in England is to do the reverse, with tolls to come in at Runcorn. Another reason not the vote for the LibLabCon. David Scott

9:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Llamedos 1 says...

The Competition Commission will only investigate when a referral is made from the OFT or other government quangos. For information purposes here is the Competition Commissions reply to my enquiry regarding Merseytravels monopoly on river Mersey crossings. I have redirected my complaint to the OFT

"Thank you for emailing the Competition Commission regarding MerseyTravel.

The Competition Commission is one of the independent public bodies which help ensure healthy competition between companies in the UK for the benefit of companies, customers and the economy. Our inquiries are always initiated following a concern referred to us by another authority: usually the Office of Fair Trading. We also investigate issues referred to us by the sector regulators for communications, gas and electricity, water, rail, airports, postal services, or by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, we cannot investigate companies or markets without a referral from one of these bodies.

I regret the Commission is unable to assist with your query. The appropriate body for you to contact in this instance is the Enquiries and Reporting Centre at the Office of Fair Trading. The Office of Fair Trading is an independent professional organisation that plays a leading role in promoting and protecting consumer interests throughout the UK, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive.

The OFT Enquiries and Reporting Centre can be e-mailed at enquiries@oft.gsi.go
v.uk Alternatively, they can be contacted by telephone on 08457 22 44 99.
The Competition Commission will only investigate when a referral is made from the OFT or other government quangos. For information purposes here is the Competition Commissions reply to my enquiry regarding Merseytravels monopoly on river Mersey crossings. I have redirected my complaint to the OFT "Thank you for emailing the Competition Commission regarding MerseyTravel. The Competition Commission is one of the independent public bodies which help ensure healthy competition between companies in the UK for the benefit of companies, customers and the economy. Our inquiries are always initiated following a concern referred to us by another authority: usually the Office of Fair Trading. We also investigate issues referred to us by the sector regulators for communications, gas and electricity, water, rail, airports, postal services, or by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, we cannot investigate companies or markets without a referral from one of these bodies. I regret the Commission is unable to assist with your query. The appropriate body for you to contact in this instance is the Enquiries and Reporting Centre at the Office of Fair Trading. The Office of Fair Trading is an independent professional organisation that plays a leading role in promoting and protecting consumer interests throughout the UK, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive. The OFT Enquiries and Reporting Centre can be e-mailed at enquiries@oft.gsi.go v.uk Alternatively, they can be contacted by telephone on 08457 22 44 99. Llamedos 1

1:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rover600 says...

Time we call emailed the OFT then I think, the more of us that do so the more likely they are to listen. This shower (Mersey Travel & Tunnels Councillors) need to understand the majority of people using the tunnels are 'working class' not rich fat cats with loads of disposable income. I wonder too as Mersey Rail use tunnels and so do Mersey Travels own buses are passenger fares put up too pro-rata.
It would not be so bad if as I understand is the case for the Dartford bridge/tunnel users where 'locals' get free or even if it was much reduced toll charges and those from outside the area pay a full fee.

Right, I'm off to lodge my email complaint with the OFT, I hope many more of you do too.
Time we call emailed the OFT then I think, the more of us that do so the more likely they are to listen. This shower (Mersey Travel & Tunnels Councillors) need to understand the majority of people using the tunnels are 'working class' not rich fat cats with loads of disposable income. I wonder too as Mersey Rail use tunnels and so do Mersey Travels own buses are passenger fares put up too pro-rata. It would not be so bad if as I understand is the case for the Dartford bridge/tunnel users where 'locals' get free or even if it was much reduced toll charges and those from outside the area pay a full fee. Right, I'm off to lodge my email complaint with the OFT, I hope many more of you do too. rover600

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