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500 days ago the Tories vowed to cut Mersey Tunnel tolls – and we’re STILL waiting!

Cast your minds back 71 weeks to May 4, 2015, when chancellor George Osborne arrived in Birkenhead on a whirlwind visit.

The visit, on a bank holiday Monday, came three days before the General Election, as Esther McVey waged a bitter election battle with Labour over Wirral West.

Speaking at Cabfind in Egerton Wharf, Mr Osborne told the ECHO that the tolls would be cut for Wirral residents and small businesses at the very least – and that he would look to have them scrapped altogether.

Mr Osborne said that, in the same way that people from Halton are exempt from the Silver Jubilee bridge and Mersey Gateway tolls, Wirral residents could be spared charges on the Mersey Tunnels.

The ECHO has asked the Treasury if Philip Hammond, Mr Osborne’s successor as chancellor, is looking at the issue of the tunnel tolls, and they are awaiting a response.

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