Mersey Gateway: Motorbikes and local buses to avoid toll
Motorbikes and local buses will be able to cross the new Mersey Gateway bridge toll-free, it has been confirmed.
A journey across the bridge, which will link Widnes and Runcorn, will carry a £2 charge for vans, cars and taxis.
Halton Borough Council has told taxi drivers to pass the charge on to passengers and is working on a scheme to reimburse residents.
Motorbikes and local buses will not be subject to tolls.
Taxi drivers met with union Unite last month over objections to £2 toll charges.
Widnes taxi driver Paul Harrison, who previously described the plans as "absolutely insane", said about 500 drivers would be affected.
The Mersey Gateway bridge
- The bridge will be 3,280ft (1km) long, consisting of four spans supported from three towers
- The 260ft (80m) high central tower will be shorter than the 360ft (110m) north tower and 410ft (125m) south tower
- The total length, including the approach viaducts will be 1.3 miles (2.13km)
- It will have a speed limit of 60mph
Source: Mersey Gateway
Registration for free travel and discounts for drivers will open in the summer.
Local residents will be able to avoid the car toll in return for an annual £10 charge and blue badge holders will be able to apply for toll-free travel in return for a lower charge of £5 a year.
Larger vans and minibuses will be charged £6 and heavy goods vehicles £8.
the bridge will not have toll booths and number plate reading technology will be used to collect payments.
The council hope the six-lane bridge will ease congestion on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, which will close for about 12 months for repairs after the new crossing opens.