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The Gallery | Temporary bridge completed to aid Mersey Gateway scheme

A temporary crossing of the River Mersey has been created to aid construction of the £600M Mersey Gateway project.

The Spanish-led Merseylink consortium created the trestle bridge in Halton to act as an access platform for teams building the major new structure.

Construction workers this week laid the final slab of concrete in the middle of the temporary bridge to complete the 10-month construction project.

It represents the first crossing of the Mersey in Halton since the Silver Jubilee Bridge was opened in 1961.

The trestle bridge will be dismantled and removed when the new 1,000m-long Mersey Gateway is in place. 

Thomas Duncalf, who lives in Runcorn and was one of the first workers to walk across the trestle bridge, said: “My granddad worked on the Silver Jubilee Bridge and it’s an important part of my family history. I feel honoured to be part of the team building the new Mersey Gateway bridge.”

Merseylink project director Richard Walker said: “Completion of the trestle bridge marks another important milestone for the Mersey Gateway Project. It will provide us with full access to the river, enabling work to start on the central cofferdam. This is a great achievement for the project and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work.”

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