The group leading protests against the latest hike in Mersey Tunnel fees has called for a mass demonstration against the decision next month.

John McGoldrick, secretary of the Mersey Tunnel Users Association, said the demonstration was planned to protest against next month’s increase to £1.70 and “the fact that we have to suffer tolls at all.”

It will be held on Oakdale Road bridge over the tunnel approaches in Wallasey from 10am to noon, on Sunday, April 6.

Mr McGoldrick said: “The tolls is one issue that directly affects almost all Wirral residents and businesses and we urge as many people as possible to join us.

“When there is no demonstration or there is a poor turnout, it seems Merseytravel takes that as a sign that people don't care and that they can quickly come back for more.

“It will help us if those who are willing to help in the campaign against the tolls, join the MTUA via the link on our website.”

Last month UKIP activists and campaigners held a national day of action against road tolling across the country.

Oakdale Road bridge was one location where they displayed “Scrap the Tolls” banners to show their support local motorists whom they believe have been treated as “cash cows” by successive governments.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “Road tolls are bad for the environment, bad for traffic congestion and had for motorists’ wallets.”

Resentment against the toll increase led to a motion being lodged with Wirral Council calling for local people to be allowed up to 300 free journeys a year through the Mersey Tunnels. The issue is still under discussion.

Councillor Liam Robinson, chairman of Merseytravel said recently: “The 10p increase is proportionate and, on balance, the best decision we can take in very difficult circumstances at this moment.”