Mersey Gateway

Mersey Gateway Bridge is located in Cheshire
The Mersey Gateway is a multimillion-pound transport scheme between Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire, England. The main part of the project was the construction of the "Mersey Gateway" toll bridge spanning the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. The crossing, which opened in October 2017, has three traffic lanes in each direction. It is approximately 1.5 km (1 mile) east of the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.

The project also includes major civil engineering work realigning the existing road network, constructing new interchanges and landscaping 9 km (6 miles) of highway.

When the first Runcorn bridge opened in 1961 (renamed the Silver Jubilee Bridge in 1977), it replaced the Widnes–Runcorn Transporter Bridge, a 19th-century steam-powered cable-truss transporter that carried four cars in 2½ minutes across the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. The replacement crossing was designed to carry 8,000 vehicles per day; however, 50 years later more than 80,000 vehicles were using the through arch bridge and surrounding road network daily, ten times its expected capacity. A new crossing was therefore deemed both vital and necessary by Halton Borough Council. Moreover, it believed "better connectivity, more consistent journey times and improved accessibility, combined with a much improved physical urban environment would make Halton a better place to live and work, and invest".

In 2001 Ramboll was appointed the lead technical consultant on the project. It worked as part of a technical advisor team composed of CH2M, Ramboll, IBI and Knight Architects, to support the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board with the technical and contractual administration of the project and to help it fulfil its contractual obligations.

In June 2010, the project was put on hold awaiting the outcome of the Treasury's Spending Review. In October 2010 it was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne that the £431m plan would go ahead. During the 2014 Budget, Osborne announced a £270m guarantee for the project.

After extensive site preparation, construction work began on 7 May 2014 and the bridge opened to traffic just after midnight on 14 October 2017.

This page was last edited on 11 May 2018, at 21:02.
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