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Mersey Gateway works to intensify in January 2015

December 29, 2014adminNews

2014-11-12 MGB Ground (05) - 082Construction work in Runcorn and Widnes for the new Mersey Gateway Bridge is set to intensify in January 2015 as new elements of the work get underway in a number of different locations.

This will include:

  • Work starting on the inner structures of the cofferdams in the river
  • New diversions in place where the Bridgewater, Daresbury and Central Expressways come together in Runcorn
  • The submission of an application for night-time working at M56 Junction 12 / Weston Point Expressway area
  • The creation of a new site compound near the Hallwood Park estate
  • Diversion of an electricity main on the Clifton Park estate
  • The ongoing closure of the Ditton Junction to Speke Road on-slip road
  • The off-peak (9.30am – 3.30pm) closure of the inside lane on the southbound Ditton flyover from 7 January for a fortnight
  • The off-peak (9.30am – 3.30pm) closure of the eastbound inside lane on Watkinson Way from 15 January for a week
  • The demolition of the Royal Café in Hutchinson Street

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New site compound being developed near Hallwood Park estate

December 29, 2014adminNews

Work is due to start in February on a temporary site office and car park for project workers to the east of the Central Expressway near to the Hallwood Park estate.

A new footbridge is being built over the Central Expressway in this area, and the existing Lodge Lane footbridge will then be demolished.

The two-storey office and car park will remain on site until mid-2017. Once the work in this area is completed, the office and car park will be completely removed and the land will be restored around the new-look road layout in the area.

Bridgewater / Daresbury / Central Expressway junction

December 29, 2014adminNews
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Artist’s impression of Astmoor Viaduct

The traffic diversion, which will direct eastbound traffic using the Bridgewater Expessway through Astmoor Industrial Estate, will start in mid-January. The westbound carriageway on the Daresbury Expressway will be reduced to one lane running on the hard shoulder.

We expect this will add extra journey time to traffic travelling in all directions in this busy area.

Piling work will then begin at the Bridgewater site in mid-January, and is expected to last for about nine months. The work starts just north of the Bridgewater Canal and moves towards Astmoor. Once the piling work is complete then cranes will move in and concreting activity will start. In total it will take about two years to build the new junction at this site.

This piling work, which is using a different and much quieter method than the one used in the estuary itself, is to provide the foundations for the construction of 24 new piers, that will support the deck of the approach road to the bridge between the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal.

It will be happening between the hours of 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am – 1pm on Saturday. Any work outside of these hours will need permission from Halton Borough Council.

Demolition of Royal Café in Hutchinson Street

December 29, 2014adminNews

Cafe RoyalThe Royal Café in Hutchinson Street will be demolished in early January.

It, along with two neighbouring buildings will be demolished over the weekend of 9-11 January to minimise disruption. Local signposted diversions will be in place and there will be temporary traffic lights set up at the roundabout in front of the Waterloo Centre on Waterloo Road.

Application submitted for night-time working at M56 Junction 12

December 29, 2014adminNews


Merseylink has submitted an application to Halton Borough Council to allow it to work overnight and at weekends at the M56 Junction 12 and along the Weston Point Expressway.

It is applying to be able to work at night from 7pm to 5am from Monday to Friday and at weekends during the day – from 7am to 5pm.

If permission is granted, this will allow the team to eventually reduce the amount of work done during the day, which will reduce traffic delays in the area.

Halton Borough Council Mersey Link

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