The Mersey Gateway Project

Halton sits on either side of the River Mersey, at its lowest bridging point, in North Cheshire adjacent to Merseyside in North West England. It has a population of just under 120,000 people.

Halton is made up of the twin towns of Widnes and Runcorn together with the villages of Hale, Moore, Daresbury and Preston Brook. The borough of Halton was formed in 1974 and it became a unitary authority in April 1998.

It is within one hour’s drive of the stunning scenery of North Wales and the Lake District and half an hour from the cultural, sporting and shopping opportunities of the cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Historic Chester is nearby.

The two towns were formally joined following a national reorganisation of local government, but links between Widnes and Runcorn stretch back nearly 900 years to the early 12th century when land on both sides of the river formed part of the Halton Barony.

Halton is an urban, industrial area whose main businesses are in chemicals, food processing, clothing, metal products and furniture manufacturing. The main service sectors are retail, financial, public and health administration.

Find out more about Halton at

Halton Borough Council Mersey Link

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