Cost cutting plans for the Mersey Gateway Project.

Posted: 15/03/2012

The plans for the Mersey Gateway Project have been reviewed to find alternations to save £30million. The proposed changes include no longer having large toll plazas in Widnes. Alternatively there will be an open road tolling system which employs number plate recognition technology, the way this works is the system electronically debits the accounts of registered car owners without requiring them to stop. The benefits of this for commuters will be up to 60% traffic reduction at peak times as drivers do not need to stop and pay fees. This scheme will be enforced for the users of both the Mersey Gateway and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

The second money saving design is to build a conventional roundabout instead of the previously proposed Widnes Loops to the north of the Mersey Gateway.

The third modification to the bridge is the lowering the height of the structure between the Garston to Timperley rail freight line including the Widnes Loops that crossed over Victoria Road.

It’s suspected that the design of the bridge deck, the design of supports, spacing, cables and the materials could also be changed.

The three proposals were approved by Halton Council when the council’s development control committee met at Runcorn Town Hall on Monday the 12th March. Rob Polhill who is the leader of Halton Borouigh Council told Sage for Construction that the modifications will allow the chosen contractor to, ‘innovate and deliver the best possible project that works for the local residents, commuters, taxpayers and the public purse.’

The shortlist for the contractors have been released which include; Bouygues Travaux Publics, Balfour Beatty, Merseylink Consortium, Egis Projects Consortium and MGL Consortium.

What do you think of the latest modifications made to the plans? Do you think it is a good idea for the bridge to have registration recognition cameras to charge people for using the bridge? Or do you believe it would be better to have the conventional toll booths like the Kingsway and Queensway Mersey Tunnels?

You can read my previous blog detailing full proposal for the Mersey Tunnel Scheme HERE.


Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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