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    Introduction

There are different options to cross the river Mersey in Liverpool:

  • via Mersey Gateway (bridge)
  • via Silver Jubilee Bridge (is closed for refurbishment until end of 2018)
  • through the Mersey Tunnels (Kingsway: Liverpool to Wallasey, Queensway: Liverpool to Birkenhead)

 

 


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

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


 


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

Mersey Tunnel: all vehicles except motorcycles.


    Costs

You will be able to drive over both bridges without registering, but by doing this you will have to pay the full unregistered toll cost for each journey you make by 11.59 pm the day after you cross. If you don’t pay on time you will receive a penalty.

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

Payment method

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

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):

Pass type

Monthly cost

Hours of validity

Unlimited travel pass

£90

24 hours a day on both bridges

Off-peak pass

£60

10am - 4pm Monday - Friday
7pm - 7am Monday - Friday
24 hours a day Saturday, Sunday 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.

 



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

The easiest and cheapest way to pay for crossing the Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee Bridge is to get registered in advance. You save up to 10%. Register here.

Halton residents pay an annual fee of £10 and can cross the bridge as often as they want. Register here.

Blue Badge holders (handicapped) pay an annual fee of £5 and can cross the bridge as often as they want. Register here.

 


Yes, are affected.

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 plus unpaid toll - depending on the vehicle size for each crossing.

    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 (£10 fee) - a disabled persons (Blue) Parking badge holder (£5 fee) - 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.

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