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Mersey Gateway traffic in Halton


The Mersey Gateway Crossing is the project to build a second major road bridge linking the two sides of the Mersey in Halton.

In autumn 2017 a new six lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes will open to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.

Both the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge will be tolled, but they will be free for Halton residents to cross.

Work is now underway on the project and to enable it, a major series of road closures and construction work is taking place in the Halton area.

These works may impact on travel times in the area - and in particular for patients travelling towards Halton General Hospital.

Make sure you register for the Mersey Gateway Bridge

Mersey Gateway Bridge, or ‘the new bridge’, opens soon, so if you cross the bridge between Runcorn and Widnes, make sure you beat the rush and register online today at www.merseyflow.co.uk.

You’ll have to pay a toll to cross the bridge, but it’s different to the tunnels – you won’t be able to slow down and put your money in the bucket – which will mean quicker, easier and more reliable journeys.

Merseyflow is the tolling brand – they’ll be using special stickers and number plate technology to tell who has crossed the bridge, so you either have to register in advance or get in touch with them to pay before midnight the day after you cross

If you are an eligible Halton resident and drive a car or a small van, you’ll be able to cross the bridge for free* once you register and pay the annual admin fee of £10.

If you live outside Halton, registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts on your journeys across the river, and there’s also different types of monthly passes.

Blue Badge holders can travel for free, but only if they register and pay a one-off £5 fee.

If you drive a car or small van, the unregistered toll rate is £2 per one-way trip, so to reduce costs, it’s well worth registering today at www.merseyflow.co.uk. And remember, if you don’t pay, you’ll get fined – so get registered before the new bridge opens.

How do we find out more?

There’s loads more information at www.merseyflow.co.uk and you can register online – it’s really easy.

There’s a call centre – call 01928 878 878 if you need to chat to them and a walk-in centre in Runcorn where you can register and pay.

*Free travel applies to personal journeys only – business trips must be paid for.

Mersey Gateway roadworks update

New works

Essential work on the Mersey Gateway Project means the following new road, lane and footpath closures will be in place over the coming days and weeks.

Please note the table below does not include details of ongoing work. For information on existing major closures and diversion routes, visit Plan Your Journeyon the Mersey Gateway website.




06/10/17 – 08/10/17

A562 Speke Road, Widnes

Weekend closure (7.30pm Friday – 7pm Sunday) of southbound Speke Road. A diversionwill be in place.


Ongoing works

There is a series of ongoing works taking place across Widnes and Runcorn. For more details on these works visit Down Your Streeton the Mersey Gateway website or click the area links below:


·         Ditton Junction

·         Catalyst Trade Park area

·         Silver Jubilee Bridge northern approach


·         Bridgewater / Daresbury / Central Expressway interchange

·         A533 Central Expressway around Halton Brow / Halton Lea

·         A533 Central Expressway at Lodge Lane Interchange

·         A577 Weston Point Expressway at Weston Junction

·         Weston Point Expressway / M56 Junction 12

Halton Borough Council works

See Halton Borough Council’s roadworks pagefor details of other roadworks in Halton.

The information provided here is an overview of planned work and therefore subject to change.

The team may have to put in place overnight road closures or diversions at short notice due to emergency situations, and these may not be detailed here, but it is our aim to provide information that is as up to date as possible.

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