Campaigners joined by MEP Paul Nuttall at Wallasey Tunnel
By Liam Murphy, March 3, 2014
Members of the UK Independence Party protesting against how the tolls imposed by Mersey Tunnels are used across Wirral.
Political campaigners gathered to protest at rising tunnel tolls at a bridge over Wallasey tunnel entrance.
Watch: Paul Nuttall discusses the day of protest--go to the website to view video.
The protest was part of the UK Independence Party national day of
action against road tolling across the UK and the deputy leader of UKIP
and north west MEP Paul Nuttall was among those at the protest in
UKIP activists and campaigners have been occupying strategic
locations close to road tolls across the UK and displaying 'Scrap the
Tolls' banners and placards to show their support for the removal of
In Wirral UKIP around 10 activists were campaigning at Oakdale Road
bridge, Wallasey from 7.30am this morning, holding a large banner
calling for the tolls to be scrapped.
Leader of Wirral UKIP Phil Griffiths was there, along with MEP Paul
Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader, who said: "Modern day motorists are fleeced
by ANPR cameras and electronic tolling systems rather than by a man
wearing a mask and brandishing pistols, but we should make no mistake –
it is still highway robbery.”
Earlier this month Merseytravel councillors voted overwhelmingly in
favour of a tunnel toll increase, with only four members of the
18-strong passenger transport authority voting against.
It means car drivers using the Mersey tunnels will see the toll they pay for each journey rise by 10p, to £1.70, from April 1.
It is the second year in a row that tolls have increased for users of the Birkenhead and Wallasey tunnels.
The 'Scrap the Tolls' campaign was launched by UKIP leader Nigel Farage in 2002.
He said: "Our opposition to road tolling is longstanding, and our
campaign gets larger every year. Road tolls are bad for the environment,
bad for traffic congestion and bad for motorists’ wallets.
"They represent nothing more than a stealth tax on motorists who already pay road tax to use the public road network in the UK."