New CWU Branch Campaigns Against New Bridge Tolls On Merseyside
Following the launch of the new CWU Branch in the North West, Preston Brook, Bury And Retail Branch, have wasted no time in getting stuck into local issues which affect not only CWU members, but the whole of the North West commuting community.
Campaigning against the imposition of tolls to access the new Mersey Gateway Bridge between Runcorn and Widnes and the existing bridge; this is their petition on Change.org which they hope readers of this website will support and sign.
The toll system is being run by Emovis and were appointed by Halton Borough Council.
Emovis is owned by Spain's Abertis Group; which claims to be the international market leader in the management of toll roads, managing over 8,600 kilometres of high capacity and quality roads in 14 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Profits they make from running the toll system will not be invested in the UK but will boost the income of the Spanish company.
Whilst the charge is currently set at £2 per journey across BOTH the Mersey Gateway and the once free to use existing Runcorn/Widnes bridge; given the history of annual price increases applied to the Mersey Tunnels, there is no way that this charge will not be increased by the authority responsible for both bridges.
The immediate cost to CWU members needing to use either bridge in order to get to work is a minimum of £3.60 plus a one-off £5 registration fee, to a maximum of £4 per day - an additional £20 per week: which is around £960 annually; that they do not have to pay currently.
Here is the wording of the petition:
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%.
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.
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.
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:
Contact your local MP and request them to support the EDM -
Link to your MP -
Contact your union if you are not a member of the CWU to gain their support in this campaign.
You can sign the petition by clicking the picture of the new bridge above.
Source: C Ingram / Carl Webb / CWU Preston Brook