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Introduction
There is the Mersey Tunnel toll in Liverpool.
Between Witnes and Runcon (Borough of Halton) you will have to pay for both the Silver Jubilee Bridge and the Mersey Gateway from 2017.

Dates and details
Each crossing of either the Silver Jubilee Bridge or the Mersey Gateway is tolled.
Buses, motorcycles and residents cross for free.

For using the Mersey Tunnel in Liverpool you have to pay. Exemptions see below.

Vehicles affected
Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee Bridge: all vehicles except public transport and motorcycles.
Mersey Tunnel: all vehicles except motorcycles

Costs

Table for the Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee Bridge from 2017:

 

Type of vehicle

Class 1

Motor-cycles, buses

Class 2

Cars and small vans (< 3.5 tonnes)

Minibuses

Class 3

Goods vehicles > 3.5 tonnes but < 12 tonnes

Passenger-carrying vehicles with 9 or more seats < 5 tonnes

Class 4

Goods vehicles > 12 tonnes

Passenger-carrying vehicles with 9 or more seats > 5 tonnes

 

Discount on the standard toll

Comment

Standard toll (ie with no discount)

Free

£2.00

 

£6.00

£8.00

N/A

 

“Pay by
plate” unregistered users pay this toll.

Video-registered

 

Free

£1.90

 

£5.70

£7.60

5%

 

For those
users who register, but do not want a sticker.

 

Sticker-registered

Free

£1.80

 

£5.40

£7.20

10%

 

Discount for
sticker and registration.

 


Bridge users are able to reduce the cost of tolls in a number of different ways by investing in one of the monthly passes (cars and small vans only):

You will be able to register with the toll provider and buy a monthly unlimited travel pass for £90 per month to get unlimited travel across either bridge at any time of day.

You will be able to register with the toll provider and buy a monthly off-peak travel pass for £60 per month to get unlimited travel at off-peak times (between 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 7am Monday to Friday and all times on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).

Mersey Tunnels:
TOLLS

    Toll Per Vehicle
Toll Class   Cash Payments
£
Fast Tag
£
1

Motorcycle with sidecar and 3-wheeled vehicle

Private/light goods vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for under 9 persons
1.70 1.20
2

Private/light goods vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with trailer

Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with two axles

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for 9 or more persons, with two axles

3.40 2.40
3

Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with three axles

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for 9 or more persons, with three axles
5.10 3.60
4 Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with four or more axles 6.80 4.80


FEES and CHARGES

Toll Class   Breakdown Charges
1

Motorcycle with sidecar and 3-wheeled vehicle

Private/light goods vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for under 9 persons
£75 per hour
Minimum charge one hour

*Penalty surcharge £60
2

Private/light goods vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with trailer

Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with two axles

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for 9 or more persons, with two axles

£200 per hour
Minimum charge one hour

*Penalty Surcharge £60
3

Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with three axles

Passenger carrying vehicle with seating capacity for 9 or more persons, with three axles
£350 per hour
Minimum charge one hour

*Penalty Surcharge £60
4 Heavy goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, with four or more axles £350 per hour
Minimum charge one hour

*Penalty Surcharge £60

 

* For stoppages caused by fuel shortage or flat tyre (with no serviceable spare) there is a penalty surcharge in addition to the normal breakdown charge.

ESCORT FEES

Control of one lane £20
Control of two lanes £45

 

Unpaid Breakdown Charges, Fees and Tolls
There will be an additional charge of £16 for administrative costs if breakdown charges, escort fees or outstanding tolls remain unpaid after 14 days.



Alternative transport
Halton public transport
Liverpool public transport

Scheme Boundary
Mersey Gateway
United Kingdom Mersey charging scheme
Picture source
The route of the Mersey Gateway will run from Junction 12 of the M56 in the south to the A562 Speke Road in Widnes in the North.

The Mersey Tunnels connect Liverpool with the Wirral Peninsula, under the River Mersey.
UK Mersey tunnel map
Picture source

Need to Register?
Yes, you need to get registered to use the Mersey Gateway and the Silver Jubilee Bridge. This registration costs £10 a year.
You can either get a sticker and pay for each crossing or get a monthly pass. More details will follow.

Foreign vehicles affected?
Yes, are affected.

Hours of operation
Permanent

Enforcement
By RFID (Radio-frequency): this represents a technological option with similar performance levels to DSRC. This technology also uses ANPR technologies for enforcement. Compared to the DSRC technologies, its main advantage is the lower cost of OBUs (~€1). The main geographical area of application is the US, with no significant applications in Europe (except for the access point regulation in the Mersey Tunnels and Gateway Bridge in the UK). One of the reasons behind the slow deployment of the technology in Europe is the significant investment required to replace existing technologies.

Penalty
£20/40/60 - depending on the vehicle size

Exemptions
Mersey Gateway: free for Halton's residents.Military, emergency service vehicles, local buses and motorcycles will not have to pay.

You can use the Mersey Tunnel for free if you are - a resident - a disabled persons (Blue) Parking badge holder - a recipiant of the highest rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance - a recipiant of the highest rate of mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment - over 65 and recipiant of the highest rate of Attendance Allowance - a recipiant of the mobility supplement of a war pension
To apply for an exemption go here.

Further Information
Mersey Gateway
Mersey Tunnel website
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