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Vlersey tolls teaser

3rd July 1982, Page 9
3rd July 1982
Page 9
Page 9, 3rd July 1982 — Vlersey tolls teaser
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HE NEED for closer consultation with commercial vehicle perators over methods of collecting Mersey Tunnel tolls was emhasised at a meeting of the Mersey Chamber of Commerce and idustry council.

The chamber's surface transoil committee has investigated roblems that will be faced 'hen the existing pre-paid (stem is phased out. Merseyde County Council has now greed that for vehicles over tree tons, the ticket system oould be retained for a year.

irms seeking perpetuation of ie old system must make a aecial appeal.

Peter Rigby, the secretary, 3id 26 companies had aproached the chamber and these :plies had been forwarded to le county engineer.

The chamber has told the Dunty that transport firms 'soul d encounter problems over ossible misuse of proposed tagnetic cards. The county was rged to continue pre-paid tickts, not just for 12 months, but 'definitely. It was also sugested that the pre-paid ticket (stem should be retained for shicles below three tons.

The chamber suggests that No possible methods of vercoming users' objections to le magnetic card system would

be to make available magnetic cards pre-paid for one journey only and allowing commercial tunnel users to have an account System covering toll payment for all their vehicles.

The latest information is that the conversion to automatic toll collection will be completed for the Kingsway Tunnel by early autumn, but magnetic cards will not be introduced until both tunnels are ready for the new system.

Fears were also expressed at the meeting that there could be serious traffic congestion buildup unless the new toll collection systems are carefully handled when the changeover takes place.

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