MIKE Amesbury has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond and again called on the government to fund crossings on the Mersey Gateway bridge, as commuters crossing the Severn bridge in Wales enjoyed their first toll-free travel.
The removal of the longstanding fee on the Severn Bridge, which was £5.60 for a car, on the M4 and M48 bridges between south west England and Wales may save commuters up to £1,400 a year.
The tolls were removed following a 2017 pre-election pledge by the Tories.
Meanwhile, a George Osborne pledge in 2015 to make the Mersey Gateway crossing between Widnes and Runcorn also free for Cheshire and Warrington residents never came to fruition after the government backtracked.
Mike Amesbury has been a fierce opponent of tolls on the Mersey Gateway and said the decision to axe tolls on the Severn showed the government had the ways and means to do the same here, if it so chose.
He said: “While I’m glad commuters in that part of the UK can now travel without having to pay tolls, this only serves to highlight what an injustice it is that commuters in my constituency are continuing to be penalised.
“I’ve said all along this is nothing short of a tax on jobs.”
“Major national infrastructure projects should always be funded by the exchequer, not by ordinary everyday people, and I’ve called on the Chancellor to fund toll-free travel on the Mersey Gateway.”