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MPs AIM TO BLOCK PLANS TO PRIVATISE MERSEY TUNNELS

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A group of MPs have launched a campaign to halt plans to privatise the Mersey tunnels, reported The Daily Post (17 ...
A group of MPs have launched a campaign to halt plans to privatise the Mersey tunnels, reported The Daily Post (17 April, p1).

MPs from both sides of the Mersey will mount a house of commons ambush tomorrow aimed at destroying plans to let private operators manage the Kingsway and Queensway tunnels.

The privatisation proposals, unanimously approved by the Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority, are designed to net£50m for a 20-year franchise, including a£5m pay-out to each of the five Merseyside councils.

But the MPs claim the public has not been properly consulted, and will try to vote down or talk out the plans so that the Mersey Tunnels Bill runs out of parliamentary time.

Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, said: 'There's been no consultation with business and commuters from my area whatsoever. This is a licence to print money because it's an inflation-proff deal. In all the other utilities' privatisations - which is what this amounts to - charges were pegged to below inflation.'
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