The Mersey Gateway Project

The Mersey Gateway visitor centre in Widnes and the information centre in Runcorn have been set up to tell the story of Halton’s iconic new bridge. The centres are staffed by Mersey Gateway volunteers who are on hand to answer questions on everything from local history and heritage, environment and ecology, to the bridge construction. Both centres are free to visit.

Widnes Runcorn
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Mersey Road

Opening times: 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Sunday (the Catalyst centre is closed on Mondays, except for Bank Holidays and during school holidays)

78 Town Square
Runcorn Shopping Centre

Opening times: 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday

Visitors can use a number of interactive display screens to access a wide range of project information, including videos, photographs, a live site webcam, and a special children’s zone. E-learning packages and training materials are also available providing detailed information about general methods of construction.

View from the observatory in the Widnes visitor centre

In the Widnes centre, volunteers will also host trips to the Catalyst centre’s rooftop observatory, where visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the construction work that is taking place in the estuary.