For whom the bridge tolls?

WITH THE UK government exploring the increasing use of road tolls as a way of delivering
revenues, much attention will be given to the Mersey Gateway bridge, a £470 million (€550
million; $733 million) six-lane road crossing across the River Mersey in north-west England.

However, will the road deliver the revenues anticipated when it opens to the public in 2016? Maybe not if the locals get their way. After all, they are hoping for a discount. “We’ve got to try and find the best deal for local people and I will be pushing for that,” Cheshire Member of Parliament Derek Twigg told the BBC.

Reduced tolls is one thing. But what if the local residents decide to take things into their own hands, as has happened in Greece? In its third-quarter results, German construction firm Hochtief noted “persistent mass toll dodging” had led to “major shortfalls” in income at its two Greek toll roads.

That’s an exceptional example, though, isn’t it? Or is it? Let’s just hope recession is a thing of the past in the UK in 2016.