Mersey Gateway Bridge – It’s troubles

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/hidden-costs-mersey-gateway-14618582

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link above

For such a welcome and positive project it seems to have been mired in controversy ever since it opened a few months back. This Echo article points to all the ways there seem to be to make a few bob out of the passing motorist.

And the much older Runcorn-Widnes Bridge will be joining that controversy it seems when it reopens after refurbishment.

Liverpool – Joe has a big whinge – He’s not going to be a Metro Mayor

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-missed-boat-metro-mayor-8592520

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The Liverpool Echo has the story but in reality this is good news not bad. Why would any of the surrounding Boroughs want to be bossed about from Liverpool Town Hall? Having said that Sefton Council Labour seems to be backing Joe as it voted not to have a public ballot before any Metropolitan Mayor is imposed on Merseyside/The Liverpool City Region. But, if I am not mistaken, St Helens, Halton, Wirral and Knowsley Councils have all given Joe Anderson’s ambitions the elbow.

Devolution of powers has always been possible to Merseyside if the Labour Council Leaders and Liverpool’s Mayor could just stop bickering for a while. They could not so that’s why the opportunity may well have been lost. No one else to blame but them.