Chancellor announces Mersey Gateway Bridge will be free to use for Halton residents
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon. George Osborne MP has announced the Mersey Gateway Bridge will be free to use for all Halton residents.
The 100% discount scheme will allow the residents of Halton to use the New Mersey Gateway Bridge, and continue to use the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge for free, in recognition of the key role the crossings play in connecting and supporting economic growth in the borough, which is divided by the river.
The initial discount scheme would have allowed Halton residents to make 300 free trips over the bridges per year, but this has now been extended saving regular commuters up to £300 per year more than the original proposal.
The £486m Mersey Gateway Bridge is scheduled to open in Autumn 2017, and is predicted to create 4,500 jobs whilst significantly improving journey times and reliability in the area.
George Osborne said;
“A key part of our long term economic plan is reversing the decades of underinvestment in this country’s infrastructure; but to do so in a way that is fair to taxpayers, consumers and local residents.
“That is why I am pleased to announce that we will be making the Mersey Gateway Bridge free to use for the residents of Halton.”
“The Mersey Gateway Bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge should be first and foremost for local people, which is why Halton residents will not be charged for using either.”
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