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Mersey Gateway bridge project gets under way

The building of a second bridge over the River Mersey has started.

Construction work on the Mersey Gateway project was declared under way by the leader of Halton Borough Council earlier.

The project begins with the building of access roads across the saltmarsh on both sides of the river.

Work on the six-lane toll bridge, linking Runcorn and Widnes, is due to be finished by 2017. It aims to ease congestion on Silver Jubilee Bridge.

The existing bridge, which has been in place since 1961, will be tolled as part of the project.

Merseylink Consortium said the project will create the equivalent of 470 full-time jobs.

The budget for the total cost of construction and 30-year operating and maintenance of the project is close to 2bn, Merseylink Consortium and Halton Borough Council said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-27302026
Alice

Very exciting and a much needed second crossing but we are going to have to pay to cross which won't be cheap!
Barbie

I used to go over the old one a lot, I lived in Runcorn for 2 years. as a child I found it exciting, loved it more than the tunnel.
brainbox

Alice wrote:
Very exciting and a much needed second crossing but we are going to have to pay to cross which won't be cheap!


I heard the toll was to be 2 per trip Alice, and no doubt by the time of its opening the Mersey tunnel Toll will have most definitively risen to that amount too.. you mark my words on that, its definitely on the cards that one.
Alice

brainbox wrote:
Alice wrote:
Very exciting and a much needed second crossing but we are going to have to pay to cross which won't be cheap!


I heard the toll was to be 2 per trip Alice, and no doubt by the time of its opening the Mersey tunnel Toll will have most definitively risen to that amount too.. you mark my words on that, its definitely on the cards that one.


I won't be using it, I don't like driving over bridges!

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