£5m town centre Mersey bridge boost

Warrington Guardian: Central Mersey bridge crossing back on the agenda Central Mersey bridge crossing back on the agenda

A NEW crossing over the Mersey is back on the agenda as a way to tackle congestion around the town centre.


Warrington Borough Council is set to get £5.3 million towards a new crossing which will help traffic around Bridgefoot and help kickstart the Warrington waterfront regeneration project.


And there will also be £5 million towards junction 8 improvements on the M62 to help access with Omega while £2.14 million will go towards a scheme to ease congestion in the Birchwood area.


The funding comes from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which has handed £142.7 million to Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).


In 2015-16 the region will get £20.1 million from that total with Warrington projects getting £12.44 million.


Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of the council said: “We worked hard alongside our colleagues at the Cheshire and Warrington LEP and at Cheshire East and Cheshire West councils in the production of our combined strategic economic plan which best suited the growth ambitions of the county and sub region.


“This allocation of funding is great news. In Warrington in particular it is a major boost for our ambitious plans to grow the local economy, creating hundreds of new jobs and improving the town for future generations.”


Steven Broomhead, chairman of Warrington & Co Warrington’s partnership for driving growth added: “This is fantastic news for the region, the county and Warrington. Infrastructure is key to growth and these funds will not only keep the region on the move but also fuel Warrington’s continued growth and success.”

Warrington South MP David Mowat said: David Mowat said: "This is great news for motorists in Warrington.

"Congestion is one of the top issues being raised by the transport survey I am currently conducting across south and west Warrington.

"Our road network is close to breaking point and it is holding the town back. I congratulate Warrington Borough Council for working constructively with me to obtain this funding.

“I’m particularly delighted that a new Mersey crossing, which I’ve been lobbying for for some time, is now finally going to get the go-ahead.

"Anyone who was stuck in Friday evening’s gridlock in the town centre will know just how badly that is needed.”


The Government has also agreed to explore how the land assets owned by the Homes and Communities Agency can be used to support the economic growth of the town.


The borough will also benefit from other project funding including the Skills Capital Employer Programme.

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4:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

MikeJT says...

Doesnt say anywhere whether Warrington might be getting a NEW crossing our whether the existing crossing are just getting a revamp. If it the latter than traffic will still be a nightmare on the approach roads.
Doesnt say anywhere whether Warrington might be getting a NEW crossing our whether the existing crossing are just getting a revamp. If it the latter than traffic will still be a nightmare on the approach roads. MikeJT
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9:33am Wed 9 Jul 14

fedster says...

of course 5.3 million for a bridge
but another 5 million for junction extension (on a junction thats not that old as it is)

if it cost a couple hundred grand to sort out a small bridge in sankey how much to build a proper bridge that can take a large amount of traffic is going to cost more than 5.3 million

i still dont see why they dont sort something out near arply tip already a nice bridge to get you over the mersey (and a swing bridge at moore)
of course 5.3 million for a bridge but another 5 million for junction extension (on a junction thats not that old as it is) if it cost a couple hundred grand to sort out a small bridge in sankey how much to build a proper bridge that can take a large amount of traffic is going to cost more than 5.3 million i still dont see why they dont sort something out near arply tip already a nice bridge to get you over the mersey (and a swing bridge at moore) fedster
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10:54pm Wed 9 Jul 14

grey-area says...

I agree about the bridge near Arpley Tip. Connect it through to Moore Swing bridge and Walton Locks area with a decent bit road infrastructure.
Stop hiding behind the "cost of a free access high level ship canal crossing". Lets assume it's not going to happen and get on with traffic management.
I agree about the bridge near Arpley Tip. Connect it through to Moore Swing bridge and Walton Locks area with a decent bit road infrastructure. Stop hiding behind the "cost of a free access high level ship canal crossing". Lets assume it's not going to happen and get on with traffic management. grey-area
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