Removal of Merseygateway toll within the Northwest area
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The Mersey Gateway opens in the Autumn of 2017, registration has opened allowing non Halton residents to register for access at a slightly discounted rate of 10%. During the construction of the new bridge, those who have commuted through the distruption of traffic and road upheaval have done so with a great understanding despite the stress on the infrastructure to access a route to the workplace. They will now be expected to pay a financial toll to cross this bridge even after years of disruption to their daily life.
The Conservative Chancellor at the time George Osbourne suggested to align the toll charges for those within Cheshire West, Chester and Warrington, meaning those within in theses areas would be exempt from the toll charge. This has since been rejected. We would seek the Government to extend this toll to give free access to those commuting in from outside of the Halton area such as, Merseyside, North Wales, Chester, Chester West and Warrington areas, who need this access across the Mersey as a lifeline for employment opportunity, education or even visiting family.
The price tag of a 30 year loan of £600,000,000 million results in a £2.1 Billion repayment albatross around the necks of residents, and those living and working in and around the North West region, whose social mobility will no doubt be impacted. Small and large business will feel the strain of these charges that are imposed and may not be able to afford to align employees pay to assist resulting in movement of work or employees leaving the borough of Halton.
We understand this toll will not only have financial implications to our Communication Workers Union (CWU) members, but also to their friends, families who live and work within the areas aforementioned.
We are therefore calling on the Government to reconsider the implementation of the toll charges, but to do that we also need the support of the public in this campaign.
We approached MP George Howarth of Knowsley ward who tabled an EDM early day motion a number of MP's have supported this we would like you to assist our campaign in the following
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Contact your union if you are not a member of the CWU to gain their support in this campaign.
All of us at CWU Preston Brook, Bury and Retail branch thank you in advance for the support!
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