PLANS to slash the Mersey Tunnel toll for off-peak fast tag users has been put forward by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

Mr Rotheram has proposed the introduction of a new £1 off-peak fast tag for Mersey Tunnel users.

The proposal was made ahead of next week’s meetings of the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee and its full budget meeting where tunnel tolls for next year are due to be set.

As part of his manifesto, the introduction of the £1 fast tag would fulfil one of Mr Rotheram's pledges.

The new discount for off-peak travellers would apply between 7pm and 7am Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday.

Steve Rotheram said: “I fully understand that no-one likes paying tolls, so I have put forward proposals designed to reduce costs for regular and local users of the Mersey Tunnels.

"By freezing the fast tag and introducing the £1 off-peak, we are striving to make cross-river travel as affordable and convenient as possible.

“Encouraging more people to travel off-peak will also help to reduce congestion and improve air quality by reducing the number of queuing vehicles."

The Metro Mayor has also asked Merseytravel chiefs to look at ways to increase uptake of the fast tag by streamlining the application process and proactive marketing for the more efficient and cost-effective option.

He added: “A review and refresh of tunnel operations is under way, which amongst other things, will look at the introduction of contactless payment and new technology.

"As part of that process I would want to look at ways in which we can make it as easy as possible for people to use the cheapest payment option.”