Gateway set to open at the week­end

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

THE Mersey Gateway bridge be­tween Run­corn and Widnes looks set to open this week­end.

The Weekly News un­der­stands the £600m scheme could fi­nally open to traf­fic on Fri­day, Satur­day or Sun­day.

On the cho­sen day, the bridge will open at mid­night. Hours be­fore, there will be a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play on the bridge deck that will be vis­i­ble from both banks of the river.

Bosses at builder Merseylink have yet to con­firm the of­fi­cial open­ing date.

More than 1,000 work­ers are now car­ry­ing out the fi­nal works on the bridge so it can open to the pub­lic.

Once the new bridge opens, the Sil­ver Ju­bilee bridge will close for long-planned main­te­nance work.

The six-lane bridge is 2,130m long in­clud­ing the viaducts on each side, and crosses 1,000m of the Mersey.

The for­mal open­ing of the bridge is not likely to hap­pen un­til next year.

Many hope The Queen, who last month opened the new Forth road bridge in Scot­land, will de­clare it open.

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