Bill Esterson met with an Aintree resident who will be out of pocket with the implementation of charges on the Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge

Labour MP Bill Esterson met with Chris Crennell, an Aintree resident who will be out of pocket with the implementation of charges on the Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge. The cost of a monthly pass is proposed to be £90, an amount that some constituents on the other side of the bridge will not have to pay. 

Chris Crennell said “I understand charges have to happen at times, but it just doesn't seem fair that workers with a daily commute from this side have to pay – while people just having a day trip or going shopping from Cheshire to Liverpool don’t have to pay. The more I read the more suspicious I am, with those being offered free passes living in marginal seats. It seems like the Government are buttering up potential voters and not proposing a fair policy for workers in the area.”

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson said “I think this is an appalling decision by the Conservative Government, and have written to the Minister of Transport asking for answers as to why this exemption of the charges applies to those living and running businesses on one side of the bridges and not the other.”