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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-01-28

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Mersey Tunnel tolls could be frozen

MERSEY Tunnel tolls could be frozen for 2017 to 2018, with Merseytravel Committee Members asked to recommend to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, that there be no change to charges when they meet, on Thursday, 2 February 2017.  The recommendations of the Merseytravel Committee will help inform the Combined Authority's decision on the toll levels at their meeting next Friday, 3 February 2017.  Should the recommendations be implemented, the Fast Tag toll would stay at ?1.20 for car users and the cash toll, at ?1.70. Therefore, regular tunnel users who pay using the Fast Tag can, once again, save ?5 a week compared to paying the cash toll. 2015 to 2016 saw 51% of journeys through the Tunnels, by Fast Tag; the 1st year that the majority of travellers have taken advantage of the discount the tag brings.  Other recommendations made in the tunnel tolls report to be considered at the meeting include continuing other initiatives introduced in 2016; emergency services liveried vehicles receiving free travel through the Mersey Tunnels, as well as free travel for all users between 10pm on 24 December and 6am on 26 December in recognition that public transport services are not available during these times. Frank Rogers, Interim Chief Executive of Merseytravel, said:- "As always, it is for political members to take a decision on the tunnel toll levels. However, reflecting on the past year, it is encouraging to see people taking advantage of the benefits that a Fast Tag can bring. For the 1st time Fast Tag customers now represent the majority of tunnel usage, but there are still many more people who can benefit from these savings." Fast Tags are available to everyone, not just regular travellers, and are issued free of charge and tunnel users are encouraged to order 1. As well as the savings drivers can make, there are also dedicated Fast Tag lanes, at each Tunnel Plaza. Fast Tag offers 'stored value' meaning that customers' money stays in their Fast Tag account until it is used, no matter how long that is.


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