New Mersey Crossing

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Scheme details

Under construction
New road for use by all traffic
£ 589m
Halton Borough Council
Region: North West
Central Government/PFI
4 km
3 miles

Construction of a new road bridge across the river Mersey about a mile east of the existing Runcorn-Widnes bridge. The scheme includes construction of approach roads on each bank to connect to the Runcorn Expressways and the A562 towards Liverpool.

The new and old bridges will be tolled.

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14 May 2006 The Government approved the construction of the new crossing on 29 March 2006 and preparatory work is now under way. It has not yet been announced when construction will begin.
2 April 2009 Public Inquiry starts 19 May 2009.
7 February 2011 Planning approval for the new bridge was formally signed on 20 December 2010, allowing the procurement process to begin during 2011. Funding arrangements are still being finalised and will be confirmed "as soon as possible".
3 October 2011
2 October 2014 Construction commenced on 7th May 2014, with completion expected in Autumn 2017.
1 June 2016 Work has started on the Mersey Gateway?s main bridge deck.

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More information

Official website
The Mersey Gateway Project

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With thanks to Mark_long, Fraser Mitchell and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 8 June 2016.