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Scandinavian engineering students visit Mersey Gateway

Students from one of Scandinavia’s top engineering schools arrived in Halton to visit the Mersey Gateway Project as part of a week-long field trip.

The 30 students from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland’s largest technology university, studying for Bachelors and Masters Degrees are all members of the university’s Guild of Mechanical Engineers.

Third year undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering, Tuukka Löytynoja, arranged the trip and tour to experience real industry environments.

He says: “It has been very interesting for us to see the machinery that is being used to build the bridge deck. Now we know how a bridge of this size can be built and the challenges that may be experienced during the construction process. Our thanks go to Merseylink for sharing this detailed information with us, which will help us in our studies.”

Heikki Laaki, president of the Guild of Mechanical Engineers at Aalto University, says: “One of the best things about coming to the UK is seeing how things can be done differently. It has been a great opportunity to get an insight into the world of civil engineering by visiting such a huge site.

He adds: “Visits like this provide motivation for our studies and give us a real understanding of engineering in practice. Thank you to the Mersey Gateway project team for hosting us.”

Richard Walker, project director at Merseylink, says: “It’s fantastic to be able to share this knowledge and industry experience with the next generation of engineers.”