To: The Government / Halton Borough Council

Halton Against Tolls

Halton Against Tolls

Not to charge tolls to use an existing bridge. The Runcorn Bridge, also known as The Silver Jubilee Bridge has never been tolled but the government insist that once the new bridge is built in 2015/17 then the old existing bridge must also be tolled. An existing bridge has never been tolled in Britain before and we cannot see why this one should be.

Why is this important?

The Runcorn Bridge connects two parts of the same town, Runcorn and Widnes, known collectively as Halton. The cost to local people who must use this bridge to go to work, to the hospital, to local shops, ice rink, cinema, cemetery, to Liverpool City and Airport, visit relations and many other reasons, the people of Halton will have to pay a local tax otherwise known as a toll. A voucher system has been offered giving locals a small discount but the bridge should be toll free for all.

Cheshire, Runcorn-Widnes Bridge, Halton


Reasons for signing

  • Its not fair that one of the poorest parts of the country should have to pay for a communications link which is vital for the economy not only of the local community but nationally too. London has free bridge links accrosss the Thames, Halton should have free access across the Mersey. Why is ther not more political arousal by our elected representatives. This is an outrage. Waht do we pay them all for?
  • I thought it mad when it was announced that the new Mersey bridge was to be tolled, as that rather defeated the point of it being built (which was to take the strain off the existing bridge, allegedly). Then came the news that the existing bridge was be be tolled also. Wut? Who brainstormed that idea, as lots of cars will have to come through Warrington which already has enough traffic thanks to its insane Bridge Foot area. Then came the news of the Warrington Western Link... Alles klar...
  • I may have to close my business cos of this


2014-08-02 15:02:17 +0100

Free passage over the bridge has now been given only to very local people but not to people living nearby, Our friends from Northwich, Frodsham, Daresbury, Helsby, Speke, Prescott, St Helens, Penketh, Warrington and many other people living in the area will still have to pay to go to work, shopping, visit relatives, visit Liverpool and the airport.
These bridges will be part of the English road system and must not be tolled.
This could happen in YOUR AREA SOON!!

2014-07-25 22:40:28 +0100

Today 25th July 2014 George Osborne has announced that the two bridges will be toll free for Halton residents.He also said this did not include local businesses or other people who do not live in the local area so we have only won part of our campaign. Our concerns remain because tolls for business/commercial users will still apply whether such organisations are from inside the borough or not. WE believe local trade and commerce will be greatly affected by tolls and they will have no choice but to pass the toll costs onto the customer. Equally the implications remain for our local Halton economy due to outside deliveries, transport services etc and the price rises of goods / services in the borough generally. We keep up the struggle!!! and we need your votes, please.

2014-07-18 04:04:29 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2014-07-02 08:21:59 +0100

There will be a meeting at Mill Brow Snooker Club on Saturday 12th July at 11:00. This is the chance for ALL Widnesians to put their worries about the Tolls to their PM Derek Twigg. As you can see we have nearly 10,000 signatures but we need more!!! Bring all the family and put YOUR case. The press will be there and hopefully the TV News cameras.

2014-05-29 07:20:28 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2014-04-02 18:46:49 +0100

It now looks like Warrington Borough Council is worried about the tolls as the amount of traffic that will try to avoid the tolls will be very detrimental to their town.

2014-03-24 19:57:33 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-03-24 12:48:56 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-03-23 22:56:04 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-03-23 21:52:30 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-03-23 21:05:36 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-03-23 19:43:09 +0000

10 signatures reached