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Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846577
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Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846578
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Clarification regarding Tunnel Tolls for 2014
Published on 30/12/2013
No decisions have yet been taken on Tunnel Toll charges from April 2014. The toll levels will be set by elected members at the February meeting of Merseytravel’s Integrated Transport Authority.

What have been published, and what appear to have caused some confusion, are the authorised maximum legal toll levels under the Tunnels Act (what we are allowed to charge), based on the November Retail Price Index (RPI). The authorised toll levels do not necessarily become the applied charges. As the table below shows, the authorised toll level for 2013 for Class 1 was £1.80, but the actual and current charge is £1.60.



http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/abou...ficationregardingTunnelTollsfor2014.aspx

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846745
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Signed, don't use it a lot now since I have been retired but this should now be part of the National Roads network and therefore be free. It was meant to be free originally but a 5 year period of charge was permitted because of costs being more than expected. This period now seems to have been just automatically extended year on year and it should stop.
It affects local businesses adding a surcharge onto every bit of cross river trade, such costs are not borne by businesses not associated with Merseyside travel.
This continual increase is to be abhorred and should be abolished.


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Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846809
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totally agree with Shaun, it costs us a lot more with our wagons just a trip to and from liverpool does the best part of 14 quid try doing that a few times a week and it soon mounts up.

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846905
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I find it amazing that everyone is happy to believe the gossip about the toll going up but totally ignore the statement put out by Mersey Travel stating that there is currently no planned increase. Glass half empty I think

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846920
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People love to moan about how hard done to they are.

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: Softy_Southerner] #846934
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Originally Posted by Softy_Southerner
I find it amazing that everyone is happy to believe the gossip about the toll going up but totally ignore the statement put out by Mersey Travel stating that there is currently no planned increase. Glass half empty I think
That's not strictly true though - as has been posted a couple of times already, what Merseytravel have said is not that no increase is planned, but that the decision has not yet been made regarding the size of the increase. That will be fixed at the February meeting of the Transport Authority. It has also been said elsewhere that in the past toll increases have been rejected or reduced because of the strength of public feeling. That being the case, surely it's better for the public to be petitioning Merseytravel about the tolls NOW rather than after the decision has been made! So well done to Shaun for bringing this into the public eye

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #846970
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The new crossing will be £2.00 to start
so will be the old crossing Runcorn bridge
this increase is just a step to make all crossings £2.00
I will gladly pay this if I can claim it back through any tax I have to pay for crossing the river for my business
WE HAVE NEVER HAD TO PAY FOR RUNCORN BRIDGE this is another TAX ON LOCAL MOTERISTS

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: lord_thomas] #847012
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Originally Posted by lord_thomas

WE HAVE NEVER HAD TO PAY FOR RUNCORN BRIDGE this is another TAX ON LOCAL MOTERISTS

No, there has never been a charge for the bridge but before it was built, you had to pay to use the old transporter bridge, which closed in 1960. At that time, the charge for a foot passenger was 2d. The equivalent now would be about 15p. I can't find the tolls for motor vehicles; maybe someone here can remember?


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Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: Emeeh] #847233
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Originally Posted by Emeeh
People love to moan about how hard done to they are.


Unfortunately, 'moaning' is the only hope we have of stopping a potential toll increase in April.

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #847396
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I travel to Scotland for work, at the moment it's slightly cheaper for me to travel through the Tunnel. If it ever got to the point of it costing £2 each way I think the M53/M56 will be my route.

Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: ShaunTheSheep] #847402
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I use 53/56 anyway to go pretty much anywhere as I hate driving through town and up edge lane.

Extra 30 miles or so but I don't care.

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There should be a peaceful protest, where everyone goes through the tunnel with a £20 note. Can you imagine the chaos this would cause, there would be tailbacks through the city up the M53 everywhere.

I can't see this ever happening but it would make a good protest.

Its bad enough now they have put it up to £1.60 and not increased the number of manned booths, previously you gave in £1 and got 2 50p's back meaning you had change for the return, now you get 40p back and have to go through the manned again on the return.

While I am on a rant, why don't the move the pay bin further away from the manned booth, so someone can be paying while someone is getting change, seems simple to me! Or even have change machines and do away with people all together.

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An interesting excerpt from a book published around 1934 just after the tunnel was opened by King George V.

It seems to be a long 15 years.

Attached Files Mersey tunnel.jpg
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Re: Mersey Tunnel Tolls Set To Rise Again April 2014 [Re: Headcoat_TheMrs] #847469
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Originally Posted by Headcoat_TheMrs
There should be a peaceful protest, where everyone goes through the tunnel with a £20 note. Can you imagine the chaos this would cause, there would be tailbacks through the city up the M53 everywhere.

I can't see this ever happening but it would make a good protest.

Its bad enough now they have put it up to £1.60 and not increased the number of manned booths, previously you gave in £1 and got 2 50p's back meaning you had change for the return, now you get 40p back and have to go through the manned again on the return.

While I am on a rant, why don't the move the pay bin further away from the manned booth, so someone can be paying while someone is getting change, seems simple to me! Or even have change machines and do away with people all together.

If you gave in £1 and got 2 50p's back that sounds like a good booth to use. Seriously, is it really too much trouble to make sure you have the right change before you set out?
I love the idea of everyone turning up with a £20 note though.


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