Latest Mersey Gateway figures show an increase in total journeys and average daily traffic on the new toll bridge connecting Runcorn and Widnes.
Mersey Gateway Bridge crossings reach over 23 million as the iconic structure celebrates its first anniversary
The iconic Mersey Gateway Bridge has welcomed over 23 million journeys in its first year of operation, averaging 64,000 crossings per day and 72,000 each weekday.
At midnight on the 14 October 2017 the new bridge opened to traffic following a spectacular night of celebration with a light and fireworks display enjoyed by tens of thousands of people across Halton.
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.
Brand new environmental information along with a guided walk has been launched at the Mersey Gateway Visitor Centre in Widnes following the opening of the iconic new bridge.
Latest Mersey Gateway figures show an increase in total journeys and daily traffic on the new toll bridge connecting Runcorn and Widnes.
Between April and June 2018, the most recent figures show:
- nearly six million journeys were made across the new bridge – an increase of almost 500,000 journeys compared to the previous quarter
- an average of 73,000 journeys were made across the bridge most weekdays, which is in excess of projected traffic levels, and an increase of 5,000 vehicles per day on the previous quarter
- 96% of drivers paid for their crossings before the payment deadline
- 77% of journeys were made in vehicles registered with merseyflow
- between 19% and 23% of monthly revenue came from PCNs. All revenue, either from tolls or PCNs, contributes towards payment for the new bridge; it is not retained by Halton Borough Council or any of its contractors