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Mersey Gateway Bridge protest to take place this morning

Mersey Gateway Bridge Photo: Press Association

Protests will take place this morning at the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Campaigners are trying to persuade the Government to scrap tolls on the bridge.

It has been organised by Widnes campaigner Karen Forde, who's hoping to attract 100,000 signatures before she sends the petition to transport secretary Chris Grayling.

Her current online petition has attracted more than after an online petition she set up attracted more than 5, 000 people in just three weeks.

She says that the £90-a-month toll which people living outside Halton will have to pay to use the bridge could tip some struggling businesses “over the edge” and vulnerable people could be forced to stop using the bridge – in effect splitting the borough of Halton in two.

In the petition, she said:

We also feel bad for the local regions who are just outside of the £10 offer. Places like Rainhill, St. Helens, Warrington, Cronton, Bold, etc who might be metres away from the Halton boundary but have to pay £90 a month PER CAR, adding thousands a year to the family budget. We can also see a massive knock on effect in Warrington as the roads will become heavier due to people not been able to afford £90 a month.

– Campaigner Karen Forde