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Issue:- Monday, 28 March 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 6 news items.    Page - 6.

Fast Tag offers savings of nearly 30% from 1 April 2016

MERSEY Tunnel users are encouraged to apply for a Fast Tag to take advantage of the further toll reduction they will see from Friday, 1 April 2016.

Car drivers with a Fast Tag already benefit from a 30p reduction on the cash toll and this will increase to a 50p discount, with them paying £1.20 a trip as against the cash toll of £1.70. Proportionate discounts of nearly 30% will also apply to Fast Tag users of all other vehicles.

Fast Tags are available to everyone, not just regular travellers, and are issued free of charge. They offer 'stored value' meaning that customers' money stays in their Fast Tag account until it is used, no matter how long that is.

The cash tolls for all vehicles will remain frozen for 2016/17; a decision agreed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) in February following recommendations by a task group set up at the request of the CA to review the tunnel tolls.

It was also approved that all liveried emergency services vehicles, not just those on emergency call outs, can travel free through the Mersey tunnels, from 1 April, 2016 and furthermore there will now be free travel, on Christmas Day, for all tunnel users.

Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council, said:- "We have made good on our pledge to reduce Tunnel Tolls. Wirral residents who use the Fast Tag option for commuting to work can save a fiver a week, and even casual tunnel users could save a pound per round trip by switching to the Fast Tag option."

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- "The savings from the Fast Tag are too good not to take advantage of and they are available for everyone. From April, a car driver making 2 trips each weekday through the tunnel will now save £5 per week compared with paying the cash toll. Discounts for Fast Tags apply to all vehicle classes, so drivers of class 4 heavy goods vehicles such as articulated lorries will now be saving £2 each time they travel. This is about doing what we can as a City Region to help regular and local users."

► The Kingsway (Wallasey) and Queensway (Birkenhead) tunnels are part of the Liverpool City Region's Strategic Highway Network, with approximately 25 million vehicles travelling through them each year. They were built as a joint venture by the local authorities and, as such, their upkeep and maintenance remains outside of the National Highway Network and is not funded through Road Tax or general taxation.

► Merseytravel is the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.

► Merseytravel delivers transport projects that support the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region. The focus is on improving connectivity within the region and beyond, improving the customer experience from ticket buying to journey planning and maintaining the integrated transport network, including:- the Mersey Ferries and Mersey Tunnels, to ensure it is fit for the future, accessible and safe. The aim is to make it world class.

► Merseytravel works in partnership with central, regional and local government, the Local Enterprise Partnership, public transport operators, other Passenger Transport Executives, the business community, community groups and members of the public.

► Merseytravel owns and operates the famous Mersey Ferries and associated tourism attractions; the U-Boat Story, Spaceport, the Mersey Tunnel Tour, and the Beatles Story.

Toll class

2014 to 2015

2016 to 2017

2015/16

Cash Fast Tag Fast Tag saving Cash Fast Tag Fast Tag saving
1

£1.70

£1.40

£0.30

£1.70

£1.20

£0.50

2

£3.40

£2.80

£0.60

£3.40

£2.40

£1.00

3

£5.10

£4.20

£0.90

£5.10

£3.60

£1.50

4

£6.80

£5.60

£1.20

£6.80

£4.80

£2.00

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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