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MPs will vote later this month on whether to allow passenger transport authority Merseytravel to increase tolls on the two Mersey tunnels from the current £1.20 without having to call a public inquiry and gain Secretary of State approval. They will vote on a bill brought by local MP Claire Curtis Thomas. Extra revenue would help reduce debts on the tunnel estimated at £100M and pay for safety improvements such as building three escape tunnels (NCE 15 November).