THE MP who introduced the controversial Mersey Tunnel Act 2004 remains convinced it was the right thing to do.
A public inquiry had to be held to increase tunnel tolls, before the 2004 act became law, which supporters claimed was cumbersome and risked investment in the tunnels.
But opponents believe the act has become a “tax on commuters” because tolls have been used to subsidise public transport users elsewhere.
Former Crosby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, right, told The Post she does not regret promoting the bill through parliament and that it was fair that those who use the tunnels bear the costs.
She said: “The primary reason was to protect the budget for the tunnels and their safety.
“The second was that the surplus could subsidise services for people that were not fortunate enough to own a car.
“On balance, and I recognise that people are on limited means, but choices have to be made and I do not think local authorities will want to undo this [act].
“I am placed in the invidious position that when I travel through the tunnel and [the toll] has gone up, I am responsible for that.”
The passage of the act through parliament divided Merseyside MPs, with Wirral MPs arguing vociferously against the bill. Since the introduction of the act tolls have risen from £1.20 to £1.50. Another 10p rise is due to be approved today.