Issue date: 4th October 2011
On 3rd October, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond gave the green light for up to £470m of funding for a new bridge across the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes.
This is good news for the proposed restoration Runcorn Locks, on the Bridgewater Canal, which has been under consideration for some years. The restoration of Runcorn Locks has been, in principle, supported by Halton Borough Council, but because of issues associated with the current road layout of the approaches to the existing ‘Silver Jubilee’ bridge across the Mersey, progress with the proposed restoration was unlikely to go ahead until a replacement Runcorn to Widnes Bridge was built.
Construction of the new bridge – known as the Mersey Gateway Bridge – is expected to begin in 2013 and is due to be open for traffic in 2016.
The existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, located 1.5 miles to the west of the planned bridge, will be converted into a local traffic bridge with priority for buses and improved conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
For more information please see the Runcorn Locks Restoration Society website.