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#845728 - 24th Dec 2013 11:01pm Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014
ShaunTheSheep Offline
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Two days ago, the News was out that Merseytravel are set to increase the price of the tunnel tolls again.

We must do something about this and try to put a stop to it!
Please sign the petition below to show your support.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/me...olls-april-2014

Much appreciated!

Shaun
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#845774 - 25th Dec 2013 12:32pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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#845778 - 25th Dec 2013 1:24pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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40yrs after opening, it was to be toll free. It opened in 1934. So....er...mmmm...????

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#845780 - 25th Dec 2013 1:40pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Signed, although it doesn't really affect me.
Just to put it in perspective, even at the new price, it's still the cheapest per mile of any major river crossing in England.
The Dartford crossing costs 2
The Severn crossing costs 6.20, but only charges in one direction i.e to escape from Wales. wink
The Humber bridge charges 1.50, but for a shorter distance.
The Tyne tunnel costs 1.60 for a measly 900 feet.
In my own town I would have to pay to cross the Kingsland bridge: 20p for 212 feet.
The wise folk in Scotland abolished all bridge tolls in 2008.
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#845785 - 25th Dec 2013 3:14pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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Get a fast tag there 1.30 a trip.

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#845820 - 25th Dec 2013 10:53pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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Yes a fast tag is cheaper, only by a measly 30p. But the profits of these tunnels are being used to fund other means of mersey travel transport. They also waste OUR money on decorating the edges of the roads with pretty flowers in expensive wooden beds, who gives a sh*t on what the roadway looks like. You'll also notice a large unnecessary range of new police cars. This stupidity just needs to stop, we must do something and our views need to be heard instead of sitting around complaining about it.
Please spread the word and take 30 seconds to support this whether you drive or not. Thanks smile


Edited by ShaunTheSheep (25th Dec 2013 10:56pm)
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#845821 - 25th Dec 2013 11:26pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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Originally Posted By: ShaunTheSheep
But the profits of these tunnels are being used to fund other means of mersey travel transport.


Like the ferries? Or perhaps you don't care if they are lost.
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#845822 - 26th Dec 2013 12:46am Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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The ferries are important, they are apart of our History. I'm not here to start a heated debate or go off track. Just simply trying to get people on my side and sign my petition.
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#845828 - 26th Dec 2013 8:58am Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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Registered: 3rd Aug 2012
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Loc: merseyside
If your like me and travel to work every day by tunnel then it adds up over the month. a measly 30p but your the one who crys about a measly 20p rise. maybe you should consider a bike.If your that worried about a measly 20p rise. The ones that travel once a year to Liverpool seem to be the ones that cry about a measly 20p rise.

The council waste far more money.

Thanks have a great day smile


Edited by beehive (26th Dec 2013 9:08am)

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#845835 - 26th Dec 2013 10:22am Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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No disrespect but i do at least 12 in and out journeys to Liverpool. I just want to do something about it seems as nobody else will. It costs me almost 40 a week to get to Liverpool and back, ridiculous. If you cant understand why I'm doing this, you must have more money than sense!
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#845838 - 26th Dec 2013 11:39am Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
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How does the fast tag work? I have just had a look on the site.
So you tell them how many journeys a month you will make?
Do you have to do this each month, and what happens if you don't make the completed journeys in one month is it carried over? I have never thought of having one but really I would save working in Liverpool..thanks

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#845845 - 26th Dec 2013 12:18pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: twinklestar69]
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Originally Posted By: twinklestar69
How does the fast tag work? I have just had a look on the site.
So you tell them how many journeys a month you will make?
Do you have to do this each month, and what happens if you don't make the completed journeys in one month is it carried over? I have never thought of having one but really I would save working in Liverpool..thanks


This seems to explain it fully.
http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Tickets/compare-tickets/Documents/IntroducingTheFastTag.pdf
As I understand it, you estimate the maximum number of journeys you'll make during one month and pay the cost of those journeys up-front, at the Fast Tag rate, into the account you set up with Merseytravel. Thereafter, each month, they claim the cost of the actual number of journeys from your bank. So, you will always have one month's credit in your account. You only have to estimate your journeys once. What it comes down to is that you've paid for a month's travel in advance and each month your account is topped up by the exact amount you've spent.
If you're going to make a return journey five days a week, that's 40 single journeys a month at 1.50 each, so you'd have to pay 60 into your account at the start: actually, better make it 70 to allow for those months with more than 20 working days.
If I've got this wrong, I'm sure a Fast Tag user will correct it.
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#845847 - 26th Dec 2013 12:32pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
billyblue Offline
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Registered: 26th May 2012
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Loc: claughton
think the fast tag is ideal if you use the tunnels often the more you use, the more you save and is better than having the right change all the time also queues at the pay tolls can delay you big time if your time is important, another plus like my self I use them for when public transport not available as I do shift work,and have requested a small amount of cash back in to my bank as long as enough left in for my next direct debit.
what will be with new price with fast tag.

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#845850 - 26th Dec 2013 1:51pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: billyblue]
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Originally Posted By: billyblue

what will be with new price with fast tag.


Same 20p increase, so 1.50 I think.

I must say that if I used the tunnels often, I'd have the tag for sure. The only disadvantage is that you're paying for one month in advance.
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#845878 - 26th Dec 2013 5:19pm Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep]
Cobby Offline
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Registered: 28th Nov 2009
Posts: 139
Loc: Great Sutton
I first got a tag when I started driving to work in Liverpool around 1998. Gave up that job in 2003, but still kept the tag going, at a reduced monthly rate. I now drive to Liverpool regularly once a week, and some weeks four or five times. Even not doing the regular 5 times a week I was before, it's still saving 30-40 a year - better in my pocket than theirs! But the big advantage is, as Billyblue mentioned, not having to find the right money or queue for the change booth, and being able to just drive up to the barrier and see it go up automatically.

Chriskay - almost right, but you actually pay the same amount into your account each month by direct debit once you've paid your initial payment. They take what you use at the end of the month, and anything left remains in your account as credit, which builds up month on month. So if you've overestimated the number of journeys you do, you could gradually build up a credit balance (ours reached over 50 excess at one point when the number of journeys dropped off). But you can claim a refund at any time or reduce your monthly payment by sending an email, you just need to make sure there's always enough in your account for the journeys you do. When your credit is getting low it shows an amber light instead of a green one when the barrier goes up. You can also top up your account with a one-off payment before your direct debit is due if you think you're going to run out of credit.

It's a good system, which has always worked really well for us.

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