The Mersey Gateway Project

Mersey Gateway Time Bank returns to boost Halton communities in 2020

February 5, 2020MerseylinkNews

An innovative community support scheme developed as part of the Mersey Gateway Project is coming back to boost community organisations in Halton in 2020.

The Mersey Gateway Time Bank scheme, which provides help and practical support for community groups, charities and voluntary organisations in Halton, will re-open applications for support today.

Local groups and charities will be able to submit applications by emailing info@merseylink.com until Friday 27 March 2020.

Time Bank is a way for Merseylink – the team responsible for the operations and maintenance or the Mersey Gateway – and Merseyflow – the tolling administrator – to demonstrate their commitment to the local area and provide practical help and support to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations.

The scheme offers a commitment of time, expertise and resources from Merseylink and Merseyflow. Applicants will benefit from ‘deposits’ of time and resources, which can then be used to provide long-lasting benefits to community life in Halton.

Since the scheme was launched in May 2014 the Time Bank has already gifted over 20,000 hours of support locally across 18 projects in Runcorn and Widnes.

Play areas, village halls, studios and community facilities are just some of the organisations that have benefited from previous rounds of Time Bank activity.

One of those to benefit last year was LOOSE Charity in Widnes, which had a garden area completely transformed with new paved areas, planters and garden furniture for service users to enjoy.

Louise Nulty, studio project manager at LOOSE charity, said: “To have the support of Time Bank to transform our back space into a welcoming, attractive haven is fantastic.

“The revived area lifts everyone who attends, especially those who have seen it over many years.

“They can’t believe the change and the fact that it is now a useable and beautiful place for our visitors.”

A minimum of 30 days per year are committed through the Time Bank scheme, and assistance can include anything from regeneration activities, career advice, technical advice, general maintenance, painting and litter picking, as well as any suggestions applicants can provide.

Helen Higginson, Head of Fundraising at The Warrington & Halton Hospitals’ Charity, which also benefited from the initiative, said: “The project is hugely beneficial for our patients and their families. By creating fabulous gardens to enjoy, our patients can feel more at home. We’re incredibly grateful for all of our project volunteers who are giving up their time to take on the challenge.”

Community groups, charities and voluntary organisations who are interested in applying for support from the Time Bank are advised to get their applications in as soon as possible.

Anyone interested in applying can email info@merseylink.com to apply or to find out more information.

Karen Atherton, Network Steward at Merseylink, said: “It’s been another fantastic year for the Time Bank scheme. The team really enjoyed projects ranging from reviving gardens, patios and play areas for charities across the community, including the Warrington & Halton Hospitals’ Charity, Westfield Community Playgroup and LOOSE Charity. We’re looking forward to welcoming even more projects on board for the Time Bank Initiative 2020.”

Beatriz Fuentes, Head of HR at Merseyflow, said: “We are proud to support the work of amazing local charities through the Time Bank initiative. Getting involved in the community challenges has brought our team together and provided the opportunity to engage with other volunteers and local charities. We’re excited to see what new projects we will be giving time to in 2020.”

Latest Mersey Gateway statistics show highest ever on-time journey payment rate and annual 18.5% drop in PCN charges

December 2, 2019MerseylinkNews, Uncategorized

The
latest Mersey Gateway figures show a 18.5% drop in the number of Penalty Charge
Notices (PCNs) issued compared to the same period in 2018.

They also show the highest ever payment on time rate and record traffic levels using the Mersey Gateway Bridge between Runcorn and Widnes.

  • An 18.5% reduction in the number of PCNs
    issued

    compared to the same period last year (meaning 38,096 fewer PCNs were issued)
  • Journey numbers increasing by 3% compared to the same period
    last year up to a record high of 6.25 million journeys.
  • 97.3% of journeys were paid for on time
    (either through their account or by midnight the day after crossing)
    – this is the highest ever
    rate
  • July was the highest ever month (2.14 million
    crossings) for journeys made across the bridge

The
number of PCNs issued between July and September 2019 has fallen by 38,096
compared to the figure from the same period last year. This is an 18.5%
year-on-year drop in the number of PCNs issued, which means that more people
are paying on time for their crossing.

This
comes at a time when traffic levels using the bridge are at their highest ever
recorded, with 6.25 million journeys being made across the River Mersey in
Halton during the July – September 2019 period.

Neil
Conway, Chief Executive of merseyflow, said: “This has been our best ever
quarter. I am delighted to see the significant reduction in PCNs and an
all-time high in journeys paid for on time, particularly when the quarter recorded
the highest number of crossings made across the bridge.

He
added: “These statistics show that we are achieving our key objectives,
improving the pay on time rates for the users of the bridge, and as a
consequence of that reducing the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued. The
work we do to encourage people to register with us and pay on time is working,
and we will continue to look at new ways to make it quicker and easier for users
of the bridge to either register with us, or to pay their charge on time, as we
want to see the trend of reducing PCN numbers and increasing traffic levels
continue.”

Mike
Bennett, Managing Director of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said: “It’s
great to see more people using the Mersey Gateway Bridge and less people
getting PCNs. We would much rather everyone paid on time or registered with
merseyflow. In an ideal world, we don’t want to issue any PCNs, so it is very
positive to see this 18.5% year-on-year reduction.”

He
added: “We’re now two years on from the bridge opening, so the ongoing increase
in traffic levels shows people are benefitting from quicker, easier and more
reliable journeys across the river. We know how important this reliability and
access is to residents, commuters and the business community, so our focus is
on maintaining that and improving the service wherever we can.”

The quarterly merseyflow dashboard provides a range of in-depth statistics and graphs which show information on the number of crossings made, average daily traffic, number of PCNs issued, payments made on time, total revenue and what percentage of this comes from PCNs.

The dashboard can be viewed at www.merseyflow.co.uk/stats

Mersey Gateway Time Bank to return to boost Halton communities in 2019

January 4, 2019MerseylinkNews

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Lane closures on the Mersey Gateway Bridge

September 20, 2018MerseylinkNews, Uncategorized

Along with many parts of the UK, Halton experienced high winds yesterday (Wednesday 19th September) and at approximately 15:00 Merseylink were alerted to a damaged street light on the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Merseylink immediately attended the site and inspected all street light columns as a precaution as more high winds are expected. As a result, a number of columns were removed. We apologise for any inconvenience and if our lane closures caused some delays however, safety of our road users is paramount . There will be further lane closures over the coming days as we continue to monitor the bridge and street furniture. We will aim to keep disruption to a minimum. Updates will be provided on our website and social media.

Diversion Maps for Current Works

April 6, 2018MerseylinkNews

There are currently multiple demolition and road works taking place around the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Please find downloadable PDF maps of diversion routes below.

Pedestrian Diversion of Dock Road during Demolition of Hutchinson Sidings Bridge

Victoria Rd Diversion

Victoria Road Temporary Footpath

Halton Borough Council Mersey Link

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