Mersey Gateway

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Coordinates: 53°21′11″N 2°42′00″W / 53.353°N 2.700°W / 53.353; -2.700

Mersey Gateway
Artist's impression
Crosses River Mersey
Locale Halton
Maintained by Halton Borough Council
Total length 2.3km
Width 60m
Height 80–125m
Load limit 53,000+ tonnes
No. of lanes 6
Architect Knight Architects
Construction begin May 2014
Construction end Q4 2017
Construction cost £1.75 Billion
Toll £2
Mersey Gateway is located in Cheshire
Mersey Gateway
Mersey Gateway
Location in Cheshire

The Mersey Gateway is a new road bridge across the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal in north-west England, which began construction in May 2014. The bridge will be located approximately 1.5 km (0.93 mi) to the east of the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge that connects the towns of Widnes and Runcorn. It will connect the Central Expressway in Runcorn with the Eastern Bypass and Speke Road in Widnes.

It is envisaged that the new bridge will be a toll bridge, with three lanes in each direction. Halton Borough Council has stated that the current bridge will also become a toll bridge. This will make Halton the only borough in England separated by only toll bridges, although Halton residents will be exempt from charges. It was also put forward that the current bridge may be reduced to one lane in each direction for vehicles, with the other two lanes being converted into cycle lanes and/or pedestrian lanes.

The draft design is for a cable-stayed bridge with three towers across the river, and a second bridge across the canal. The total length of the crossing will be 1,000 m (3,300 ft).[1]

The scheme was put on hold in June 2010 awaiting the outcome of the Treasury's Spending Review, but on 17 October 2010 it was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne that the £431m plan would go ahead.[2] During the 2014 Budget, Osborne announced a £270m guarantee for the project.[3]

After extensive site preparation, construction work began on 7 May 2014, with the bridge due to be finished by late 2017.[4][5]

Ramboll is lead technical consultant on the project since 2001 and are now working under a new commission as part of a technical advisor team composed of CH2M, Ramboll, IBI & 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.[6]

In addition to their role as designer, Knight Architects led the design through CABE Design Review, prior to successfully achieving planning consent, and later coordinated the production of a detailed guide governing visual and landscape aspects of the entire 9km corridor. The practice is part of the Client Procurement Team.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "The new Bridge". New Mersey Gateway. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Mersey £431m bridge plan escapes spending review cuts". BBC News. 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Chancellor George Osborne's Budget 2014 speech". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Mersey Gateway bridge project gets under way". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Pattinson, Rob (2 February 2015). "Amazing helicopter photo shows work on £600m Mersey Gateway project". 
  6. ^ "The Mersey Gateway - six lane toll bridge". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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