Fire­works to mark Gate­way open­ing

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

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

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