Amount of revenue received by Mersey Tunnels via tolls

Daniel Bell made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Merseytravel

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Dear Merseytravel,

Please can you provide the total amount of revenue that both the Birkenhead and Wallesy Tunnels have received in revenue since they were built and opened via tolls collected by all vehicles traveled through them.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Bell

Henderson, Andrew,

Dear Mr Bell


Thank you for your email. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and we will aim to provide a response within twenty working days.

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Yours sincerely,

Andy Henderson

Senior Information Management Officer | Merseytravel | Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [Merseytravel request email]

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Henderson, Andrew,

Dear Mr Bell


Further to your recent request I have had the opportunity to discuss your enquiry with colleagues in our Finance department.

By way of background, the Queensway Tunnel was opened in 1934 and the Kingsway Tunnel was opened in 1971. Your request would therefore cover 87 years of operation of the Queensway and 50 years of the Kingsway. There is no requirement for us to retain records of this type indefinitely, and we therefore do not hold the entirety of the information you have requested.

From conducting searches we can confirm that we do hold the requested information dating back to the 2003/04 financial year, although this is a combined total from both tunnels. Before formally responding we wanted to check with you first that you would be interested in receiving this limited amount of information rather than the original scope of your request?

Kind regards,


Andrew Henderson
Senior Information Management Officer | 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Office: 0151 330 1679 | [mobile number] | Email: [email address]

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Dear Henderson, Andrew,

Many thanks for your response.

I would like that information thank you.

I wonder in addition if you may be able to satisfy my query by another way. I am specifically trying to find out if the total revenue recieved by both tunnels since opening has exceeded the cost of the total build cost for said tunnels originally? (If you cannot answer that- please just provide the information you have said you can).

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Bell

Henderson, Andrew,

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Dear Mr Bell


Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information


Please find below the total combined income from the Mersey Tunnels since


Year Total Toll Income £'000
2003/04 33,176
2004/05 33,535
2005/06 33,974
2006/07 34,295
2007/08 34,446
2008/09 37,010
2009/10 36,171
2010/11 35,907
2011/12 37,238
2012/13 37,374
2013/14 39,875
2014/15 43,337
2015/16 44,220
2016/17 42,369
2017/18 42,355
2018/19 41,912
2019/20 39,700
2020/21 26,288
Total 01/04/2003
to 31/03/2021 673,183


In terms of the construction costs of the tunnels, we no longer hold exact
figures for the initial build and both tunnels have required considerable
maintenance and renovations over their lifetimes. It has been reported
that the original cost of the Queensway Tunnel in 1934 was £8m and the
cost of the Kingsway Tunnel in 1971 was £21.5m (excluding land).


We do hold the current value of both tunnels as assets should you wish to
receive this.


I trust that this information is of interest to you.


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right to ask for an internal review, which should be addressed to:

                Mrs Julie Watling

                Legal, Democratic Services & Procurement Manager


                PO Box 1976


                L69 3HN

                [1][email address]


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                The Information Commissioner’s Office,

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                Water Lane,


                Cheshire SK9 5AF



Andy Henderson


Senior Information
Management Officer |
Merseytravel | Mann
Island, PO Box 1976,
Liverpool, L69 3HN

Office: 0151 330 1679 |
[3][Merseytravel request email]


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