Warrington faces 'double-whammy' when bridge tolls come into force

How the new Mersey Gateway will look

How the new Mersey Gateway will look

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LABOUR parliamentary candidate for Warrington South Nick Bent has condemned Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to scrap Mersey bridge tolls for Halton residents but not Warrington people.


In an unexpected u-turn on Friday, Mr Osborne said he didn't think it was fair that people living in Runcorn and Widnes should pay to cross a river in their borough and the cost will be met by the Government.


But Warrington residents will still face toll charges for travelling across the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge and the new road bridge.


Mr Bent said: “The so-called discount pass for Warrington drivers will cost £90 per month – over £1,000 per year at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.


“It is deeply unfair that Warrington people face a damaging double-whammy of two new road tolls plus increased traffic chaos in the town centre as hard-pressed motorists seek to avoid the new charges introduced by the Tory-led Government.


“This is a kick in the teeth for Warrington from George Osborne and more evidence of the local Tory MP letting the town down.


“Tory Ministers had already ignored him on the swing bridge problem and now they have ignored him on the Mersey bridge tolls.” 

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1:00pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Benjamin Behr says...

The MP's comments are fair if Warrington residents are paying through their council tax towards the cost of the new bridge, as I imagine the Halton residents are. There are bridges over the Mersey in Warrington which are free to cross, and I read of another one which was being thought of - hopefully that one will be somewhere not far from Lower Walton, because the queues along Chester Road into the town centre can get bad. I get the idea that it would be nice to make all roads toll free or have tolls and pay less general tax for roads, but governments tend to fleece the public as much as they think they can get away with, where they see motorists as a soft touch.
The MP's comments are fair if Warrington residents are paying through their council tax towards the cost of the new bridge, as I imagine the Halton residents are. There are bridges over the Mersey in Warrington which are free to cross, and I read of another one which was being thought of - hopefully that one will be somewhere not far from Lower Walton, because the queues along Chester Road into the town centre can get bad. I get the idea that it would be nice to make all roads toll free or have tolls and pay less general tax for roads, but governments tend to fleece the public as much as they think they can get away with, where they see motorists as a soft touch. Benjamin Behr
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Bewseylad says...

Why not create Resident only lanes at Bridge Foot and Kingsway Bridge and introduce tolls for non Warrington residents?
Why not create Resident only lanes at Bridge Foot and Kingsway Bridge and introduce tolls for non Warrington residents? Bewseylad
  • Score: 14

5:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

stewlycoscom says...

Bewseylad wrote:
Why not create Resident only lanes at Bridge Foot and Kingsway Bridge and introduce tolls for non Warrington residents?
Because people who live outside Warrington but work inside bring valuable income to the town and businesses would be put off investing in the Warrington.
[quote][p][bold]Bewseylad[/bold] wrote: Why not create Resident only lanes at Bridge Foot and Kingsway Bridge and introduce tolls for non Warrington residents?[/p][/quote]Because people who live outside Warrington but work inside bring valuable income to the town and businesses would be put off investing in the Warrington. stewlycoscom
  • Score: 5

9:03pm Tue 29 Jul 14

WAFiver says...

Mr Bent, get off your high horse and drop the hypocrisy. We all know that there is another election looming, why not break the habit of negativity and blame campaigning and try coming up with something original or positive to say?
Let us think back to when this bridge scheme, and that it would be tolled, was announced, by a Labour Government, ,
I said at the time that it would bring traffic chaos to Warrington, and now, finally, others have started to say the same.
The silence from WBC (and until today's spat, Mr Bent) on this matter has been deafening; I can only presume that they have been told, "This is a Labour plan, no arguing." as they have consistently failed to stand up for the people of Warrington in this matter.
I have little time for any career politician, but for Mr Bent to criticise George Osborne for doing the right thing by the people of Halton smacks of grasping at straws.
The only person to come out of this farce with any credibility is Derek Twigg, Labour MP for Halton for his successful lobbying, on behalf of his constituents, to get them free passage over the bridge.
It would seem that one Halton MP has succeeded where two Warrington MPs have failed.
Mind you, maybe if Warrington's MPs listenened, tried, or gave a toss about their constiuents, the story may have been different.
Mr Bent, get off your high horse and drop the hypocrisy. We all know that there is another election looming, why not break the habit of negativity and blame campaigning and try coming up with something original or positive to say? Let us think back to when this bridge scheme, and that it would be tolled, was announced, by a Labour Government, , I said at the time that it would bring traffic chaos to Warrington, and now, finally, others have started to say the same. The silence from WBC (and until today's spat, Mr Bent) on this matter has been deafening; I can only presume that they have been told, "This is a Labour plan, no arguing." as they have consistently failed to stand up for the people of Warrington in this matter. I have little time for any career politician, but for Mr Bent to criticise George Osborne for doing the right thing by the people of Halton smacks of grasping at straws. The only person to come out of this farce with any credibility is Derek Twigg, Labour MP for Halton for his successful lobbying, on behalf of his constituents, to get them free passage over the bridge. It would seem that one Halton MP has succeeded where two Warrington MPs have failed. Mind you, maybe if Warrington's MPs listenened, tried, or gave a toss about their constiuents, the story may have been different. WAFiver
  • Score: 9

6:22am Wed 30 Jul 14

grey_man says...

Dead right WAFiver.

Have you also noticed that Nick bent is curiously silent on the changes to the recycling facilities proposed by the council? And yet when the last administration made similar proposals he said this: "The council is crazy to propose closing two of the borough’s three recycling centres, which would put more pressure on the Gatewarth facility at Sankey Bridges and clog up roads there. This council’s attitude to the environment really is rubbish"

Councillor Pat Wright also called the changes 'absolutely ludicrous' yet is now silent.

These people are supposed to represent us, but they clearly only represent their parties. If the interests of the people of Warrington conflict with their political masters, the people come second. So don't vote for them.
Dead right WAFiver. Have you also noticed that Nick bent is curiously silent on the changes to the recycling facilities proposed by the council? And yet when the last administration made similar proposals he said this: "The council is crazy to propose closing two of the borough’s three recycling centres, which would put more pressure on the Gatewarth facility at Sankey Bridges and clog up roads there. This council’s attitude to the environment really is rubbish" Councillor Pat Wright also called the changes 'absolutely ludicrous' yet is now silent. These people are supposed to represent us, but they clearly only represent their parties. If the interests of the people of Warrington conflict with their political masters, the people come second. So don't vote for them. grey_man
  • Score: 10

9:21am Wed 30 Jul 14

ninearches says...

A good argument against the new Mersey crossing being tolled could be the extra pollution that could be caused in Warrington by any chaos caused by extra traffic coming through town to avoid the toll bridges. Only yesterday Boris Johnson was talking about a charge in London for older diesel vehicles which are now seen as deadly in pollution terms. At least the Tories have now acknowledged the problem of pollution from diesels in the capital & that is a problem that can affect any traffic bound town or city.
A good argument against the new Mersey crossing being tolled could be the extra pollution that could be caused in Warrington by any chaos caused by extra traffic coming through town to avoid the toll bridges. Only yesterday Boris Johnson was talking about a charge in London for older diesel vehicles which are now seen as deadly in pollution terms. At least the Tories have now acknowledged the problem of pollution from diesels in the capital & that is a problem that can affect any traffic bound town or city. ninearches
  • Score: -4

8:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

montblanc says...

I totally agree with you WAFiver. Also it would be nice if WBC put a bit more thought into the re-building of our town, instead of letting builders throw up cheap looking apartment blocks all over the place. Where are all our amenties ? WBC have collected a fortune in Council Tax from a population that has nearly doubled in size in the last 15 years and we have nothing to show for it
I totally agree with you WAFiver. Also it would be nice if WBC put a bit more thought into the re-building of our town, instead of letting builders throw up cheap looking apartment blocks all over the place. Where are all our amenties ? WBC have collected a fortune in Council Tax from a population that has nearly doubled in size in the last 15 years and we have nothing to show for it montblanc
  • Score: 12

12:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

The Maestro says...

If WBC were clever from the start they could have shared a new bridge with HBC over the Mersey closer to Warrington that would gave benefitted both boroughs. Instead they have sat back and left HBC to it. I seem to remember it being reported that HBC are going to hand WBC an annual payment to compensate the borough for any traffic issues.
If WBC were clever from the start they could have shared a new bridge with HBC over the Mersey closer to Warrington that would gave benefitted both boroughs. Instead they have sat back and left HBC to it. I seem to remember it being reported that HBC are going to hand WBC an annual payment to compensate the borough for any traffic issues. The Maestro
  • Score: 1

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