Over the next two months the Merseylink consortium – named in June as preferred contractor for the project – will carry out work in both Runcorn and Widnes that includes clearing trees from sites in the Astmoor, Bridgewater and Ditton areas, and survey work at sites on both sides of the river.
The contracting team for the new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey comprises Kier with FCC of Spain and Samsung of Korea.
Once the project reaches financial close and contracts are signed with Halton Borough Council, Merseylink will then start work on an access road across the Salt Marsh on the south side of the Mersey.
Following on from this, a temporary jetty will be positioned in the river, allowing construction of coffer dams to take place. The work on the coffer dams is scheduled to start early next year, with the entire project to be completed in 2017.
Merseylink project director Chris Rhead said: “This work is an exciting indication that this long-awaited project is going to start to become a reality.
“The council has already done a lot of advance works to allow the project to progress, but this will be the first time that the Merseylink consortium will be doing the work, so it marks an important new era for Mersey Gateway.”