Mersey Gateway Bridge protest to take place this morning

Mersey Gateway Bridge Credit: 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: