Please see below the text of a letter I have sent today to our local media in Halton:
Following recent commentary and debate on the Mersey Gateway project, I am writing to set out Halton Conservatives’ position on this important issue.
We fully support the project which we believe is vital for the continued economic development and regeneration of Halton and the surrounding area. We regret that the government is failing to fund the bridge in the way that it does with similar infrastructure projects in other parts of the country. However, our position is realistic in that we recognise that in these circumstances, without tolls, there will not be a new bridge.
The key now is to ensure that we deliver the best deal for the people of Halton. We will campaign for the lowest possible tolls so that Halton residents who need to use the bridges every day to drive to work,school, or to support their families, have a fair deal.
Halton Conservatives will be using the public inquiry and every other opportunity to put this case on behalf of the people of Halton.