Latest customer dashboard shows Mersey Gateway Bridge traffic continuing to increase
Latest Mersey Gateway figures show an increase in total journeys and average daily traffic on the new toll bridge connecting Runcorn and Widnes.
Between July and September 2018, the most recent figures show:
- more than six million journeys were made across the new bridge – an increase of almost 90,000 journeys compared to the previous quarter
- an average of over 74,000 journeys were made across the bridge most weekdays, which is in excess of projected traffic levels, and an increase of 2,000 vehicles per day on the previous quarter
- 96% of drivers paid for their crossings before the payment deadline
- 77% of journeys were made in vehicles registered with merseyflow
The figures show July and August saw more than two million people use the bridge each month, with July’s total of 2,070,000 the highest number of total journeys in a single month since the bridge opened in October 2017.
Anthony Alicastro, Managing Director of merseyflow said: “July was the busiest month yet for the new bridge and we thought we might see a bigger drop off in traffic during the summer holiday period but that hasn’t really happened. What we’re now seeing is a consistent level of demand that is over and above the original traffic projections.”
“The dashboard gives customers a simple way to view how the bridge is performing and shows just how much traffic is using the crossing.”
Mike Bennett, Managing Director of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said the dashboard was part of the council’s commitment to be transparent and provide customers with information about the tolling system.
“Traffic levels are continuing to increase which is great news,” he said.
“We are also continuing to monitor PCN levels closely and will continue to work hard to minimise these – we would much rather people paid on time than received a PCN.”
The merseyflow customer dashboard provides a range of graphs and statistics showing detailed information on the number of crossings made, average daily traffic figures, types of vehicles using the bridge, the number of penalty charge notices issued, revenue figures and traffic by registration type.