Further protest planned over Mersey Tunnels tolls hike

Further protest planned over Mersey Tunnels tolls hike

Further protest planned over Mersey Tunnels tolls hike

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by , Geoff Barnes

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.”

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5:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

What an absolute waste of time they mustn't have anything
better to do
What an absolute waste of time they mustn't have anything better to do Positive thinker
  • Score: -7

6:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Westerly9 says...

We need everyone, wagons, cars , vans to do a go slow through the Tunnel, like they would in France. It's the only thing they might listen to.

But no not here, everyone's to busy sat on their arses watching XFactor and football and complaining they've got no money.
We need everyone, wagons, cars , vans to do a go slow through the Tunnel, like they would in France. It's the only thing they might listen to. But no not here, everyone's to busy sat on their arses watching XFactor and football and complaining they've got no money. Westerly9
  • Score: 10

6:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

David Scott says...

Tunnel tolls are hitting the local economy - that's for sure. It's not just commuters but businesses too.
Tunnel tolls are hitting the local economy - that's for sure. It's not just commuters but businesses too. David Scott
  • Score: 11

12:45pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

Tunnel tolls have been around for as many years as any us can remember,
it would be a different story if there were no tunnels
Tunnel tolls have been around for as many years as any us can remember, it would be a different story if there were no tunnels Positive thinker
  • Score: -2

1:20pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Dantealighieri says...

Good thinking Positive Thinker. I would imagine drivers would not be too happy about paying tolls unless there was a tunnel to go through.
Good thinking Positive Thinker. I would imagine drivers would not be too happy about paying tolls unless there was a tunnel to go through. Dantealighieri
  • Score: 8

10:09am Mon 24 Mar 14

Hugo1008 says...

There are positive reasons for having a toll if this is just to be used to maintain or improve the Tunnel and keep this facility up to date.

There is no positive reason to extract an exorbitant toll fee, if its used to payout very lucrative expenses to a mere handful of elected Councillors, who themselves are exempt from paying out of their own pockets to sit on Tunnel Committee Meetings.

Perhaps if the Tunnel Authorities actually disclosed detailed accounts of the vast income gathered, and just where this huge surplus profit is spent, people could understand.

Motorists already pay very dearly a tax that was designed to be used for the Maintenance and Operation of the whole road system, but a small fraction of the Billions collected from road users is actually used for the purpose of the entire Country's Road system. So the Mersey Tunnel Tolls is just an unfair taxation on the local population.

Let us see a system that means all the revenue from the Tunnel Toll System is Ring Fenced exclusively for the Mersey Tunnels.
There are positive reasons for having a toll if this is just to be used to maintain or improve the Tunnel and keep this facility up to date. There is no positive reason to extract an exorbitant toll fee, if its used to payout very lucrative expenses to a mere handful of elected Councillors, who themselves are exempt from paying out of their own pockets to sit on Tunnel Committee Meetings. Perhaps if the Tunnel Authorities actually disclosed detailed accounts of the vast income gathered, and just where this huge surplus profit is spent, people could understand. Motorists already pay very dearly a tax that was designed to be used for the Maintenance and Operation of the whole road system, but a small fraction of the Billions collected from road users is actually used for the purpose of the entire Country's Road system. So the Mersey Tunnel Tolls is just an unfair taxation on the local population. Let us see a system that means all the revenue from the Tunnel Toll System is Ring Fenced exclusively for the Mersey Tunnels. Hugo1008
  • Score: 5

12:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Instead of spending £4.3 million of public money on U534 and huge amounts on other visitor attractions (not their job) they could help the local economy by doing something to help relieve these damaging tolls. Miserytravel are, alway were and always will be one of the biggest rip off merchants on Merseyside and the government allowing them to have the monopoly over River Mersey crossings make the government just as culpable......god help us when they get their grubby little hands on the Mersey Gateway. That will give them the excuse to hike up tolls even further
Instead of spending £4.3 million of public money on U534 and huge amounts on other visitor attractions (not their job) they could help the local economy by doing something to help relieve these damaging tolls. Miserytravel are, alway were and always will be one of the biggest rip off merchants on Merseyside and the government allowing them to have the monopoly over River Mersey crossings make the government just as culpable......god help us when they get their grubby little hands on the Mersey Gateway. That will give them the excuse to hike up tolls even further Llamedos 1
  • Score: 3

4:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

David Scott says...

Why are there no tolls on the tunnel at Conwy or any river crossings in Scotland (including the Forth and Skye bridges)?
Why are there no tolls on the tunnel at Conwy or any river crossings in Scotland (including the Forth and Skye bridges)? David Scott
  • Score: 6

10:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

benny07 says...

WHY ARE ALL THE TUNNEL & BRIDGES FREE IN SCOTLAND & WALES ,AS WELL AS FREE CARE FOR THERE OAP,S WHICH IS ONLY RIGHT PLUS FREE PRESCRIPTIONS ,BUT WE GET CHARGED YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT FOR THE LOT ASWELL AS RISES EVERY 5 MINS IT SEAMS.MAKE STOP ALL THE 100S OF MILLIONS ON SUBSIDISING ARRIVA BUSES TO RUN AROUND EMPTY EVERY DAY & ARRIVA TRAINS ,& MAKE THE MERSEY TUNNEL FREE ,OR BRICK IT UP ,ITS NOTHIN BUT A RIP OFF ANY WAY.!!.
WHY ARE ALL THE TUNNEL & BRIDGES FREE IN SCOTLAND & WALES ,AS WELL AS FREE CARE FOR THERE OAP,S WHICH IS ONLY RIGHT PLUS FREE PRESCRIPTIONS ,BUT WE GET CHARGED YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT FOR THE LOT ASWELL AS RISES EVERY 5 MINS IT SEAMS.MAKE STOP ALL THE 100S OF MILLIONS ON SUBSIDISING ARRIVA BUSES TO RUN AROUND EMPTY EVERY DAY & ARRIVA TRAINS ,& MAKE THE MERSEY TUNNEL FREE ,OR BRICK IT UP ,ITS NOTHIN BUT A RIP OFF ANY WAY.!!. benny07
  • Score: 4

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