Runcorn tops areas registering for discounts to cross bridges
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.