Run­corn tops areas reg­is­ter­ing for dis­counts to cross bridges

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

RUN­CORN has emerged as the top area for mo­torists reg­is­ter­ing for tolls dis­counts on the Mersey Gate­way and Sil­ver Ju­bilee bridges.

Merseylink said the town pipped Widnes to the top spot, fol­lowed by Liver­pool in third, War­ring­ton, St He­lens, Prescot, Ch­ester, North Wales, other parts of Cheshire and Wir­ral.

A spokesman for the con­struc­tion con­sor­tium said driv­ers from across the UK have been reg­is­ter­ing with Merseyflow for dis­counts, with more than 24,000 mo­torists hav­ing signed up 29,000 ve­hi­cles in just over a month.

Regis­tra­tions have been made as far afield as Ply­mouth and Aberdeen.

Sev­eral thou­sand driv­ers from around the North West have reg­is­tered, the spokesman said.

An­thony Ali­cas­tro, Emo­vis Op­er­a­tions (Mersey) Ltd chief ex­ec­u­tive, said it had been a busy first month, but added there still plenty of road users who are likely to use the bridge reg­u­larly and could ben­e­fit from dis­counts.

He said: “To see we have peo­ple sign­ing up from the length and breadth of the coun­try is great news.

“But we know there are still thou­sands of peo­ple across the re­gion who could ben­e­fit from dis­counts who have yet to reg­is­ter with Merseyflow, and thou­sands of el­i­gi­ble Hal­ton res­i­dents who have not yet reg­is­tered for their dis­count.

“I’d urge ev­ery­one who uses the bridge to reg­is­ter with Merseyflow as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“The open­ing of the bridge draws nearer ev­ery day, and as soon as an open­ing date is an­nounced we ex­pect it to be even busier.”

Driv­ers can reg­is­ter with Merseyflow at www.merseyflow.co.uk, by phone on 01928 878 878, by vis­it­ing the walk-in cen­tre at 9 Howard Court, Manor Park, Run­corn, WA7 1SJ, or the tem­po­rary cen­tre at Hal­ton Di­rect Link on Brook Street in Widnes.

The Run­corn walk-in cen­tre and call cen­tre are open 8am8pm week­days and 9am-6pm week­ends and bank hol­i­days.

Widnes’s tem­po­rary cen­tre is open 9am-5.30pm Mon­day to Fri­day and 9am-1pm on Satur­days.

Reg­is­ter­ing will be nec­es­sary to ac­cess dis­counts on the cost of cross­ing the Mer- sey Gate­way and Sil­ver Ju­bilee bridges when tolls are up and run­ning.

Hal­ton res­i­dents in council tax bands A-F can ap­ply for free cross­ing in ex­change for a £10 an­nual reg­is­tra­tion fee.

The stan­dard toll will be £2 per car per cross­ing, ris­ing for larger ve­hi­cles.

Blue badge hold­ers will be able to reg­is­ter for free un­lim­ited travel af­ter pro­vid­ing copies of the front and back of their blue badge and a one-off £5 fee.

Once reg­is­tered, driv­ers will re­ceive a Merseyflow sticker to place in their wind­screen.

This sticker means the bridge will recog­nise the ve­hi­cle and pre­vent the reg­is­tered keeper be­ing fined as long as there are funds in their Merseyflow ac­count.

Merseyflow has also pro­duced in­for­ma­tion leaflets.

When the Mersey Gate­way bridge opens, the Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge will be shut for up to 12 months for re­fur­bish­ment, but will re­main open tope­des­tri­ans and cy­clists.

The Merseyflow tolling sys­tem is be­ing op­er­ated by Emo­vis, which op­er­ates sim­i­lar schemes in the UK, Canada and Ire­land.

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