Signs point the way to bridge ap­proach

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

SIGNS dis­play­ing tolls prices and warn­ings have been in­stalled on the ap­proach roads to the Mersey Gate­way bridge in Run­corn and Widnes.

Pro­ject bosses said they hoped the works would en­cour­age any out­stand­ing Hal­ton driv­ers who have not reg­is­tered for dis­counts to do so.

A Merseylink con­struc­tion con­sor­tium spokesman said el­i­gi­ble Hal­ton res­i­dents can avoid the charges by sign­ing up for a Merseyflow ac­count at www.merseyflow.co.uk.

Once reg­is­tered and after pay­ing a £10 an­nual ad­min­is­tra­tion fee, driv­ers from the bor­ough will re­ceive sticker con­tain­ing a mi­crochip to place in their car’s wind­screen for de­tec­tion when cross­ing to cross ref­er­ence with the reg­is­tra­tion data­base to ver­ify the ve­hi­cle can cross for free.

If Hal­ton res­i­dents do not reg­is­ter, they will have to pay the full un­reg­is­tered toll rate of £2 per jour­ney, and could face a penalty charge no­tice of up to £60.

The bridge is due to open by mid-October weather per­mit­ting.

Tolls will come into force im­me­di­ately.

If tolls are not paid by 11.59pm the day after cross­ing, a £20 penalty charge no­tice will be is­sued, which can rise to £60 if not paid on time.

An­thony Ali­cas­tro, Emo­vis Op­er­a­tions (Mersey) Ltd chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “While more than 65,000 ve­hi­cles have al­ready reg­is­tered with us, there are thou­sands more which need to be reg­is­tered for a merseyflow ac­count.

“The merseyflow reg­is­tra­tion process is sim­ple, and there are a va­ri­ety of ways to sign up, with the web­site – www.merseyflow.co.uk – be­ing the quick­est method.”

David Parr, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil and chief of the Mersey Gate­way Cross­ings Board, said: “The coun­cil has worked hard to en­sure the best pos­si­ble dis­counts for Hal­ton res­i­dents.

“If you are an el­i­gi­ble Hal­ton res­i­dent and are not reg­is­tered with Merseyflow, you will have to pay each time you cross the new Mersey Gate­way Bridge – please don’t miss out.

“Reg­is­ter as soon as pos­si­ble be­fore the new bridge opens.”

To reg­is­ter with Merseyflow ● visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, call 01928 878 878, pop into the walk-in cen­tre in Manor Park or the tem­po­rary walk-in cen­tre at Hal­ton Di­rect Link in Widnes.

An­thony Ali­cas­tro

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