Early day motion 171

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MERSEY GATEWAY AND JUBILEE BRIDGE

That this House notes that, prior to the 2015 General Election, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, gave an undertaking that residents in Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington would enjoy toll-free access to the crossings in line with the arrangements made for residents of Halton; further notes that whilst acknowledging that such a concession would have been welcome, it would have been legally questionable and unfair had such a policy been implemented, unless people similarly affected by tolls from Merseyside had also been included; notes with regret that in a Government Statement on 24 January 2017, it was announced that free tolling would not be extended beyond Halton Borough Council; expresses strong concern that this represents bad faith on the part of the Government in that it reneged on a commitment made by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer; notes that those from Cheshire West and Chester, Merseyside and Warrington who have to use the crossings to access their employment face a tax on their travel costs of over £900 per year; expresses further concern that the tolls would, in addition, discriminate against those who need to use the crossings for educational purposes or medical appointments; and calls on the Government to introduce a free tolling scheme at no cost to the local authorities concerned, including Halton, residents in Cheshire West and Chester, Merseyside and Warrington for those who need to use the crossings for work, education or to attend medical appointments as a matter of urgency.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Amesbury, Mike Labour Party Weaver Vale 19.07.2017
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 12.07.2017
Carden, Dan Labour Party Liverpool Walton 13.07.2017
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 20.07.2017
Eagle, Maria Labour Party Garston and Halewood 12.07.2017
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 12.07.2017
Field, Frank Labour Party Birkenhead 12.07.2017
Hanson, David Labour Party Delyn 19.07.2017
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 12.07.2017
Matheson, Chris Labour Party City of Chester 12.07.2017
McGinn, Conor Labour Party St Helens North 12.07.2017
Rashid, Faisal Labour Party Warrington South 18.07.2017
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 12.07.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 13.07.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 17.07.2017
Twigg, Stephen Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 12.07.2017