The Mersey Gateway Project

The Mersey Gateway Project is a major civil engineering project to build a new six-lane cable-stayed toll bridge over the River Mersey and a 9.2 kilometre road network connecting the new bridge to the main motorway network in the north west of England.

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 eligible Halton residents who register.

It is one of the UK’s largest civil engineering and infrastructure projects and involves several different organisations. You can find out more about them and how to contact them here:

Oversight, tolling policy and funding – Halton Borough Council

Halton Borough Council has set up the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board (MGCB) to deliver the Mersey Gateway Bridge project and to administer and oversee the construction and maintenance of the new tolled crossings including the tolling of the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.

The Board’s terms of reference and delegated authority are expressed in a Governance Agreement with the Council, set to last for sixty years. The new Board will deliver the project on behalf of the Council and will operate as a commercial (though not for profit) organisation on an arm’s length basis.

Get in touch:

If you have any queries about the tolling plan for both the new crossing and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge or the funding of the Mersey Gateway Project, please email the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board using enquiries@merseygateway.co.uk.

Construction – Merseylink

The Merseylink consortium was appointed as the project company to design, build, finance and operate the Mersey Gateway Project in March 2014.

The appointment came after a 18-month procurement process involving a competitive dialogue process with three shortlisted bidders. This ended when Merseylink was appointed as Halton Borough Council’s preferred bidder in June 2013.

The Merseylink consortium is made up of experienced sponsors with a track record in delivering major infrastructure projects, alongside their partners, who are world leaders in their field.

The sponsors are:

  • Macquarie Capital
  • FCC Construccion SA
  • BBGI

The contractors are:

  • FCC Construccion
  • Kier Infrastructure & Overseas Limited
  • Samsung C&T Corporation

Get in touch:

For general enquiries relating to the construction phase of the project please contact Merseylink by emailing info@merseylink.com or call the project information phone line on 0333 200 1164 (open 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday for general enquiries, 24 hours for emergencies).

Free-flow tolling operator – emovis

emovis* is the leading service delivery and technology provider of Abertis in the global market for toll-based mobility solutions.

With over 600 staff in 7 countries, the company operates some of the world’s largest free-flow tolling infrastructures in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada.

emovis is 100% owned by Abertis, the world’s leader in highways management with more than 8000 km of toll roads under contract

*Before April 2016 emovis was called Sanef. The new name is not a change of tolling operator, it is just a change of name for the tolling operator that was appointed to the project in 2013 as part of the Merseylink consortium.

emovis is currently setting up its interactive website, call-centre and walk-in centre and will be publicising the details of these in 2017 to help people register for discounted crossings and local resident accounts.