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Mersey Tunnels payments to move to T-FLOW system

27/10/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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A new digital pre-payment system will be introduced for the Mersey Tunnels next week, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has announced.

ANPR camera at tunnel entrance

The T-FLOW system will replace the current Fast Tag system over time, beginning from 3 November.

Work has been carried out over the past few months to install automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in all toll lanes of the Queensway and Kingsway tunnels.

The cameras will read vehicle number plates and activate the payment process if the vehicles are registered to an account. Once the payment has been approved the barrier will rise.

Initially only new customers will be added to the T-FLOW system and Fast Tag users can continue to use their tags. Cash and contactless payments will still be available for tunnel users who prefer to pay for their crossing this way.

The authority said the website will also be upgraded to support online self-service.

A spokesperson added that the main supplier to the project has been emovis, a specialist in toll based mobility solutions.

Continued investment

Councillor Liam Robinson, transport and air quality portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The new video tolling system is another example of the continued investment the combined authority is making in both of our Mersey Tunnels.

“With over 70,000 journeys a day, the tunnels are critical to the social and economic wellbeing of our region, so continued investment is needed to keep them running both efficiency and safely. Introducing this cutting edge technology that delivers real benefits is part of our wider vision to make transport services easier and more convenient for people to use.”

Image from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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