CHESHIRE residents looking for cheaper travel across the new Mersey Gateway bridge are being urged to sign up for discounts as soon as possible.

Only the residents of Halton will be entitled to “free” use of the bridge linking Runcorn and Widnes, in exchange for a £10 annual administration fee. 

Attempts by MPs to gain an exemption for Cheshire West residents have so far come to nothing, meaning people in the Frodsham, Helsby, Chester and Ellesmere Port areas will be charged.

Operators Merseyflow have this week urged people to register online for discounts as quickly as possible to ensure they don’t get caught in a last minute rush when the bridge opens this autumn.