Political rivals both against bridge tolls

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DRIVERS in Warrington face £2 charges each time they cross the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes.

And worries are already starting that when the new bridge - and the fees - are introduced in 2017, it will mean more motorists clogging up Warrington’s roads as they seek to avoid the bill.

The new Mersey crossing tolls will also be introduced on the existing bridge.

Even a discount for Warrington residents will cost £90 a month - more than £1,000 a year.

A poll on the Warrington Guardian website, which attracted more than 600 votes, showed a whopping 87 per cent of readers believe it will hit traffic in Warrington.

David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, said: ““Graham Evans, the MP for Weaver Vale and I met with the Chancellor on this issue two weeks ago and will be meeting him again early in the new year to press the case.

“I am disappointed that toll on the bridge, that the previous Labour Government imposed as a condition of construction, will still be implemented but I will carry on lobbying against it.

“I will continue to work with MPs in the area, on a cross-party basis, to get this reversed.

“My main concern is that a toll will push large amounts of additional traffic through Warrington during rush hour. Anyone who’s had to drive across town over the last few weeks will know that the road network is already overstretched.”

Nick Bent, Labour spokesman for Warrington South, says he wants to see the tolls removed - as has happened on a road project in Cambridgeshire.

Mr Bent said: "The Tories are hiking up the cost of living for thousands of commuters and traders and doing yet more damage to the economy of Warrington and Merseyside. As in Southern England, Cameron and Osborne should scrap these new road tolls."

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12:42pm Tue 24 Dec 13

richiepooh says...

£2 sounds nothing now...I bet it will be £4.50 within 5 years
£2 sounds nothing now...I bet it will be £4.50 within 5 years richiepooh

7:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

WAFiver says...

Hmmm, maybe they are waking up, at last?
It won't be the smell of bacon that wakes 'em- it'll be the smell of car exhausts.
The silence from the (Labour - draw your own conclusions) Council is deafening...
Hmmm, maybe they are waking up, at last? It won't be the smell of bacon that wakes 'em- it'll be the smell of car exhausts. The silence from the (Labour - draw your own conclusions) Council is deafening... WAFiver

9:10am Thu 26 Dec 13

grey_man says...

Yes, and obviously the Lib Dems and the Tories are full of answers too aren't they? Once again, this is not a party political issue but people are still trying to turn it into one. Even in this article David Mowat is blaming Labour for the toll, while his own party is in power. Meanwhile Labour, who are responsible in this first place are blaming the Tories and Lib Dems for doing nothing about it.

And what are any of them actually proposing or doing? Absolutely nothing whatsoever. Just flapping their gums about how it's all somebody else's fault.
Yes, and obviously the Lib Dems and the Tories are full of answers too aren't they? Once again, this is not a party political issue but people are still trying to turn it into one. Even in this article David Mowat is blaming Labour for the toll, while his own party is in power. Meanwhile Labour, who are responsible in this first place are blaming the Tories and Lib Dems for doing nothing about it. And what are any of them actually proposing or doing? Absolutely nothing whatsoever. Just flapping their gums about how it's all somebody else's fault. grey_man

12:47pm Thu 26 Dec 13

old-codger says...

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, Don't use it, Drive through town, Clog up the roads, They will get sick of it before I will. The problem with this country is we don't stick together to boycott the crossing, People will cross it and pay and this government knows it. I am shocked that the bedroom tax didn't get the same response as the poll tax, Nobody cares about anything anymore, They give up too easily.
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, Don't use it, Drive through town, Clog up the roads, They will get sick of it before I will. The problem with this country is we don't stick together to boycott the crossing, People will cross it and pay and this government knows it. I am shocked that the bedroom tax didn't get the same response as the poll tax, Nobody cares about anything anymore, They give up too easily. old-codger

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