Construction work started today on the £600M Mersey Gateway project.
The Spanish-led Merseylink Consortium kicked off the mammoth scheme to build a six-lane road bridge between Widnes and Runcorn.
Its first job is to build access roads across the sensitive saltmarsh environments on both sides of the River Mersey. Manchester-based PP O’Connor is undertaking the 16-week construction of these roads.
A series of further contracts will be awarded by Merseylink over the coming weeks. Work will continue through to an anticipated bridge opening date of autumn 2017.
Merseylink general manager Hugh O’Connor said today: “Merseylink has spent the past three years working on the plans for this project and today is a hugely significant day for us.
“Our focus now is on delivering the bridge and associated road infrastructure. We will be working with all of the interested parties to keep them informed of our proposed works.”
Chancellor George Osborne gave the project a major boost in March with confirmation of a £270M guarantee for the project’s debt finance package.