Toll Tunnel

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Dear Merseytravel,

Despite the expensive construction of the Wallasey tunnel, which
saw operating losses for Merseytravel immediately after, it has
been suggested that you have been profitable from 1992. However, I
am not writing to inquire about or to allege any misappropriation
of road taxes and the spending on public highways, but seek
clarification on spending allocation.

I, like many other tunnel users, would be grateful if you could
furnish us with:

1). A balance sheet of profit/loss for both the Queensway and the
Kingsway tunnels for the past 3 years. It is expected that you
include general figures for revenue generated from tolls, the
expenditure on tunnel maintenance, and overheads (operating costs).

2). Information (clarification) regarding any funding/income
received from Liverpool and Birkenhead rates payments from 1999
onwards. Preferably, this would be included above, along with
grants and levies.

3). The Merseytravel procedural policy for deciding and
implementing toll charges and changes to tolls. If this is not
codified or ratified in any company documentation, an outline of
previous decision making processes, minutes from meetings, and
memoranda will suffice.

4). If the Queensway and Kingsway tunnels are profitable, I would
like figures relating to the reinvestment of monies into the
tunnels and other ventures.

In short, I am seeking a breakdown of tunnel finances in relation
to the viability of a privatised highway which was, eventually,
intended to be a public highway.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully
Joseph

Fitzpatrick, Anthony, Merseytravel

Dear Sir,
 
Thank you for your email.
 
Your request is now being dealt with in accordance with the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and I will return to you further with
a response within 20 working days.
 
Kind regards,
 
Tony Fitzpatrick
Senior Legal Information Officer
Legal and Democratic Services
 
Merseytravel
P.O. Box 1976
Liverpool
L69 3HN
 
T: 0151 330 1679
 
 

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Fitzpatrick, Anthony, Merseytravel

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Dear Sir,

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. A response to each element of you request is detailed below:

1) Please find attached a copy of the annual accounts for the Merseyside integrated Transport Authority for the financial years 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014. This was the body responsible for the operation of the Mersey Tunnels in those years. This body has since been resolved and the operation of the Mersey Tunnels now falls under the remit of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

2) Please find attached details of the district levy for each of the 5 districts (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral) since the financial year 1999/2000.

3) The authorised tunnel toll levels and the application of tunnel tolls processes are as set out in Part XIII of the County of Merseyside Act 1980, as amended by the Mersey Tunnels Act 2004. Under this legislation the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to make an order every February fixing the level of tolls that are to come into force in the April immediately following the making of the Order.

The Combined Authority recently approved the Tunnel Tolls to come into force in April 2015 and further details can be found in the agenda papers and minutes of the Liverpool Combined Authority meeting held on 13 February 2015. These papers can be accessed at http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/ieLis...

4) Any surplus tunnel tolls are currently held in reserves.

I trust that these are the details that you require. However, if you are not satisfied with the handling of your Freedom of Information request you have the right to ask for an internal review. Any internal review request should be submitted in writing to Mrs Julie Watling, Legal and Democratic Services Manager, Merseytravel, P.O. Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN (email: [email address]).

If you are subsequently not content with the outcome of any internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or by telephone on 01625 545745.

Kind regards,

Tony Fitzpatrick
Senior Legal Information Officer
Legal and Democratic Services

Merseytravel
P.O. Box 1976
Liverpool
L69 3HN

T: 0151 330 1679

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