Mersey Gateway Launches Consultation
The Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Ltd, on behalf of Halton Borough Council (“Council”), is conducting a consultation in connection with the Council’s proposals to (i) modify the existing River Mersey (Mersey Gateway Bridge) Order 2011 and (ii) implement a new Road User Charging Scheme Order.
The aforementioned proposals will entitle the Council to rely upon the Road User Charging Schemes (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013 to collect unpaid toll/charges incurred by users of the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Silver Jubilee Bridge.
For more detail about the consultation (along with the key consultation document) and information about how to respond, click here.
The consultation period will run from 9 February 2015 – 11 March 2015.
The consultation is seeking views from statutory consultees (as well as other public bodies) organisations and/or businesses and members of the public regarding the Council’s proposals outlined in the consultation document.
Key environmental organisations from Halton, Warrington and further afield such as Cheshire and Liverpool City Region attended Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust’s first stakeholder meeting last Thursday.
The Trust, an independent charity set up in 2010 to work alongside the Mersey Gateway Project to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the environment across the Upper Mersey Estuary, welcomed 34 colleagues from 21 organisations to the Catalyst Museum in Widnes.
Students from the University of Salford with the help of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust in November collected samples of the Upper Mersey Estuary saltmarsh to determine the distribution of lead and other heavy metal contamination.
As part of a wider experiment to study the depth at which contamination levels in saltmarshes occur, the twenty-five students visited the site of the £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Project to build up a history of the origins of contamination.
The Mersey Gateway Project has selected key areas around the planned bridge for conservation. These are being carefully studied, and to ensure plans for managing the saltmarsh through cattle grazing are not affected by the remnants of Halton’s industrial history, research has been carried out by the Environmental Trust and the university since 2010.
The Mersey Gateway Crossings Board has strengthened its professional team to support the construction phase of the iconic £1.86bn Mersey Gateway Bridge project.
Paul Fenwick has joined the team as Construction Director and Helen Dearden as Finance Director bringing extensive experience in their respective fields, together with other appointments which will significantly add to the current expertise in the team.
While stepping down as Interim Chief Executive of the Board on 31 October, the project will retain the expertise of Steve Nicholson who led the Project team through the planning and procurement phases to the appointment of Project Company and start of construction. Steve will take up a new role as Special Advisor to the Project on a part time basis.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announces free trips across both Silver Jubilee and Mersey Gateway bridges for ALL Halton residents
On 25 July 2014, UK Chancellor George Osborne announced that the UK Government will provide the additional funding which ensure free* trips across both the Silver Jubilee Bridge and Mersey Gateway crossing for all Halton residents.