A533 Mersey Gateway Bridge

Scheme outline

Construction of a new road bridge across the river Mersey about a mile east of the existing Runcorn-Widnes bridge. The scheme includes construction of approach roads on each bank to connect to the Runcorn Expressways and the A562 towards Liverpool.

The new and old bridges will be tolled.

This scheme was completed in and we're no longer accepting updates or changes to this page.

New road
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Central Government/PFI


14 May 2006

The Government approved the construction of the new crossing on 29 March 2006 and preparatory work is now under way. It has not yet been announced when construction will begin.

2 April 2009

Public Inquiry starts 19 May 2009.

7 February 2011

Planning approval for the new bridge was formally signed on 20 December 2010, allowing the procurement process to begin during 2011. Funding arrangements are still being finalised and will be confirmed "as soon as possible".

3 October 2011

The Department for Transport will provide funding of up to £470m for the project, it was confirmed today, after Halton Borough Council found savings of £30m. Construction is expected to start in 2013, with completion scheduled for 2016.

2 October 2014

Construction commenced on 7th May 2014, with completion expected in Autumn 2017.

1 June 2016

Work has started on the Mersey Gateway’s main bridge deck.

1 September 2017

New Mersey Gateway Bridge could open as early as mid-September according to the official Mersey Gateway website.

14 October 2017

The bridge is complete and opened to traffic in the early hours of this morning. The Silver Jubilee Bridge is now closed and will re-open in a year's time after refurbishment work.

More information


With thanks to Mark_long, Fraser Mitchell and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.