Liverpool combined authority puts the freeze on Mersey tunnel toll


Tolls will be frozen on the Mersey tunnel next year after a decision taken by the Combined Authority.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority decided last Friday it will freeze the price for cars at £1.70 and the discounted Fast Tag payment at £1.40 per journey for 2015/16.

This is despite an inflation-related formula linked to the Mersey Tunnels Act 2004 supported the introduction of a steeper cash toll of £1.90 and Merseytravel officers recommending the price for car drivers go up to £1.80 from April.

Toll rises had been publicly opposed by Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson last week who also pledged to look at how to bring down tunnel tolls, eradicate the debt on the structure and repeal the 2004 Tunnels Act, which gives legislative pressure for the tolls to rise each year.

A Merseytravel spokeswoman said: ‘The Combined Authority has approved the recommendations made by the Merseytravel Committee to freeze the Mersey Tunnel tolls for 2015/16. Merseytravel will work with the Combined Authority in taking forward the work requested in relation to reviewing the tolling process and allocation of funds.’

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