More than 10,000 call for tolls to be axed

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

The pe­ti­tion said: “It’s al­ready hav­ing a mas­sive knock on ef­fect on res­i­dents in Hal­ton, vis­i­tors and lo­cal businesses in the area, many of which are al­ready strug­gling in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate, so adding ex­tra pres­sures of tolls might just be enough to tip some businesses over the edge.

“These tolls in­tro­duced to the Mersey Gate­way Bridge will only di­vide Hal­ton, when as a com­mu­nity we want to stick to­gether.

“We be­lieve ini­tial com­mit­ments to fund the new Mersey Gate­way Bridge as promised by Ge­orge Os­borne at na­tional level should be hon­oured.

“With enough pub­lic pres­sure, we can res­cue the sit­u­a­tion.

“Let’s get 100k sig­na­tures and get them to an­swer us in Par­lia­ment.

“Please help to keep our Hal­ton as one, and let’s join to­gether to keep us united.”

A protest was held near the Sil­ver Jubilee Bridge in Widnes ear­lier in Au­gust with res­i­dents and firms among those at­tend­ing to voice their op­po­si­tion to the planned charges.

A protest was held in Widnes on the ap­proach to the Sil­ver Jubilee Bridge op­pos­ing tolls on both the Mersey Gate­way and Sil­ver Jubilee bridges in Hal­ton, and in­set, Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling

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