Fireworks to mark Gateway opening
FIREWORKS will be launched from the Mersey Gateway bridge deck and fill the sky to celebrate its opening and to thank the public for its patience.
Project backers the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and Merseylink are now keen for the public to join them in celebrating the ‘spectacular’ event.
A Halton Council spokeswoman said work is already under way with a pyrotechnics firm in preparation.
Designated viewing areas for the fireworks will be at Spike Island in Widnes and Mersey Road in Runcorn.
More details will be shared closer to the bridge opening date, which is expected to be between mid-September and midOctober. The spokeswoman said the bridge is due to open on time and within budget following three-and-a-half years of construction.
Cllr Rob Polhill, Halton Council leader, ● said: “There have been many amazing highs and huge challenges on our journey to this point.
“However, throughout the years of campaigning and more recently during construction, we have remained firmly focussed on one thing – to deliver a new bridge that would help improve the lives of people living in Halton and beyond.
“With the Mersey Gateway bridge almost complete, this vision is close to becoming a reality. So now is the time to draw breath and celebrate.”
David Parr, Halton Council chief executive, said: “This is such an exciting time. The new Mersey Gateway bridge is due to open very soon and we want to celebrate this fabulous new piece of infrastructure with all of our community.
“To those who have waited patiently for this bridge for many years and the road users who have borne the burden of disruption during the last three-and-ahalf years while construction took place, this is a thankyou. It is also a time to look forward to a future of quicker, vastly improved and more reliable journeys across the borough and the region. We’ll keep everyone up-to-date over the next couple of weeks with more details.”
It has taken three and a half years to construct the Gateway bridge