A new Mersey Gateway information centre has been opened allowing the public to engage with the bridge development as it reaches its “peak of activity”.
Merseylink, which is currently building the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, has opened a new visitor site in Town Square of Runcorn Shopping Centre, displaying project information and construction methods to details on the environment and ecology.
Schoolchildren from the area’s St Mary’s CE Primary School helped launch the interactive facility, which also features screens offering access to a live site webcam and a children’s zone focusing on the Halton bridge, which is on schedule to be completed in autumn 2017.
Hugh O’Connor, general manager of Merseylink, says: “This iconic project is of huge significance locally and will provide a lasting legacy for the communities of Halton.
“Our new facility is free to attend and offers a unique opportunity to find out how the bridge, the approach viaducts, and the many modifications to the road infrastructure are being designed and constructed.”
Rob Polhill, chair of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and leader of Halton Borough Council, adds: “The project is at its peak of activity and there is so much to discover about the works taking place.”
The new centre complements the existing Mersey Gateway visitor centre at Catalyst Science Discovery Museum in Widnes, and the project’s outdoor environmental trail at Wigg Island.