Registrations for Merseyflow, the quickest way to use the Mersey Gateway bridge, have reached more than 50,000 a month ahead of the bridge’s expected opening in mid-October.
People with pre-registered vehicles can access discounts to use the crossing. Anyone who is eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme must register and pay their £10 annual fee in order to claim free trips. Merseyflow, which is operated by Emovis, uses a simple windscreen sticker system.
Anyone, regardless of where they live, can also register for a pre-pay account or monthly pass which both give discounts on the full unregistered toll fee.
It will still be possible to cross the bridges without registering by paying the full unregistered toll fee of £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.
Blue Badge holders will also be able to register for unlimited travel on the bridges, paying a one-off £5 administration fee.
Anthony Alicastro, chief executive of Emovis Operations, Mersey, said: “It’s great to have reached the point where we have registered 50,000 vehicles. We’ve been operating for just under two months so this is great news.
“However, there are still plenty more people who have yet to sign up. The opening of the new bridge is drawing closer, so I would urge anyone who has been putting off signing up to act now. It will mean you’re ready to use the bridge from day one, and that you avoid the inevitable rush of registrations that we receive when an opening date is announced.”
Following the bridge’s opening, the Silver Jubilee Bridge will be closed to road traffic for refurbishment, although it will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Vehicles can be registered for Merseyflow online, over the phone, or at a walk-in centre in Runcorn.
Emovis already runs tolling schemes in the UK, Canada and Ireland. The business is owned by Abertis, which has more than 8,000km of toll roads under contract globally.