Mersey Gateway stretching across the estuary - looking south. Image - Merseylink
The Mersey Gateway Bridge, centrepiece of the Mersey Gateway Project, opened to traffic just after midnight on the morning of Saturday 14th October. On Friday evening the new bridge was illuminated by a spectacular light show and fireworks display, just a few hours before opening.
This is the culmination of a long journey for the borough of Halton and all those committed to the regenerative powers of this major new estuary crossing. The bridge opened on time and £250m under budget, the result of close collaboration between Halton Borough Council and Merseylink during the procurement process. Ramboll, in the role as lead technical consultant from 2001 – 2014 and on the technical advisory team since 2014, played an instrumental part in achieving these budget savings.
The Mersey Gateway project is an integral part of the local Sustainable Transport Strategy and covers around 9km of road improvements and a series of major new junctions running throughout Runcorn and Widnes. It will improve journey times and reliability for millions of people and attract massive inward investment and regeneration in the region. In addition to the hundreds of jobs created during the construction process it’s believed the new infrastructure will generate 4,640 permanent direct and indirect jobs and £61.9 million a year in Gross Value Added from the new jobs by 2030.
Ramboll has been supporting the £1.86bn design, build, finance and operate (DBFO) Mersey Gateway scheme since 2001 and, in our capacity as lead technical consultant, we helped to obtain funding approval for the Mersey Gateway project. We have provided a suite of expertise including engineering design, construction methods investigation, environmental and transport assessments, remediation, the provision of expert witness services, project management and technical advice during the Competitive Dialogue procurement process. Since the project’s financial close in 2014 we have supported the project as part of the technical advisor team, which also includes CH2M, IBI and Knight Architects. This team supported the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board with technical and contractual administration of the project and helps it fulfil its contractual obligations.