The Mersey Gateway Project

Mersey Gateway Time Bank 2024

February 15, 2024Helen StuartNews

An innovative support scheme developed as part of the Mersey Gateway Project is back boosting local community organisation in Halton.

Time Bank is a way for Merseylink – the consortium responsible for the design , construction, finance and operations of the Mersey Gateway Project Bridge and Road infrastructure- and Merseyflow – the tolling administrator ,to demonstrate their commitment to the local area and provide practical help and support to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations.

The scheme offers a commitment of time, expertise and resources from Merseylink and Merseyflow. Applicants will benefit from ‘deposits’ of time and resources, which can then be used to provide long-lasting benefits to community life in Halton.

The Timebank projects carefully selected for 2023 were St Patricks Care Home in Widnes, Runcorn and District Foodbank, Clifton Allotment Project and Oak Meadow Community Support Centre.
St Patricks Care Home and Oak Meadow Community Support centre have both benefited from garden maintenance and landscaping ensuring that their residents and visitors can access the outdoor space safely.
Clifton Allotment Project benefited from five volunteers transforming their communal area into a colourful garden with a clear and flat path for access.

Runcorn and District Foodbank received vital maintenance to their building facility guaranteeing that they can continue to welcome the local community throughout the winter. Timebank scheme was able to provide all materials and labour to complete the project efficiently.

A minimum of 30 days per year are committed through the Time Bank scheme, and assistance can include anything from regeneration activities, career advice, technical advice, general maintenance, painting and litter picking, as well as any suggestions applicants can provide.

The Mersey Gateway Time Bank scheme will re-open for applications for support from January 2024, .
The scheme provides help and practical support is open to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations in Halton,.

Community groups, charities and voluntary organisations who are interested in applying for support from the Time Bank are advised to submit their applications from the beginning January 2024
Anyone interested in applying can email info@merseylink.com to apply or to find out more information.

Karen Atherton, Network Steward at Merseylink, said: “It’s been another fantastic year for the Time Bank scheme. The team really enjoyed projects ranging from reviving gardens and patios to supporting vital local food banks charities. We’re looking forward to welcoming even more projects on board for the Time Bank Initiative 2024.”

All Southbound lanes reopened on Mersey Gateway Bridge

February 9, 2024MerseylinkNews

Traffic management on the Southbound carriageway of the Mersey Gateway Bridge has now been removed  and all lanes are open to traffic.

Update on Repair works to Southbound Expansion Joint

February 9, 2024MerseylinkNews

Expansion joint works by the specialist contractor on the Southbound carriageway of the Mersey Gateway Bridge commenced at 7.20am this morning. Good progress is being reported and plans to commence the removal of the lane closures in place at 2pm this afternoon remain on schedule.

Emergency Lane Closures in place on the Mersey Gateway Bridge

February 8, 2024MerseylinkNews

On 7th February 2024, it was identified that a section of expansion joint in Lane 2 on the Southbound carriageway of the Mersey Gateway Bridge was damaged. To mitigate any potential safety hazard to motorists emergency lane closures of Lanes 1 & 2 were installed. These emergency closures have resulted in significant traffic congestion and delay on the bridge and adjacent local networks.

Specialist equipment and expertise are required to carry out the required remediation works. These have now been arranged and remediation works will commence at 8.00am on Friday 9thFebruary. The works will take six hours to complete with traffic management removal beginning at 2.00pm on Friday. Unfortunately, lane closures must remain in place until these works are completed. 

Further disruption on the road networks will occur both this evening and on Friday morning as a result. Merseylink wish to apologise for the inconvenience and disruption being experienced.

Mersey Gateway Time Bank returns to boost Halton Communities in 2023

February 3, 2023MerseylinkNews

The innovative local support scheme developed as part of the Mersey Gateway Project to boost community organisations in Halton is returning for 2023, after being postponed for a couple of years during the pandemic.

The Mersey Gateway Time Bank is a way for Merseylink and Merseyflow to demonstrate their commitment to the local area and provide practical help and support to organisations like schools, colleges, charities, and community groups.

The scheme matches the skills of the Merseylink and Merseyflow teams with local needs to provide long-lasting benefits to community life in Halton by offering a commitment of time, expertise and resources.

Community groups, charities and voluntary organisations who are interested in applying for support from the Time Bank are advised to get their applications in as soon as possible by emailing info@merseylink.com.

Time Bank has already gifted over 20,000 hours of support locally across a variety of projects in Runcorn and Widnes.

Play areas, village halls, studios and community facilities are just some of the organisations that have benefited from previous rounds of Time Bank activity since 2014.

One of those to benefit in the past was LOOSE Charity in Widnes, which had a garden area completely transformed with new paved areas, planters and garden furniture for service users to enjoy.

Louise Nulty, studio project manager at LOOSE charity, said: “To have the support of Time Bank to transform our back space into a welcoming, attractive haven is fantastic.

“The revived area lifts everyone who attends, especially those who have seen it over many years. They can’t believe the change and the fact that it is now a useable and beautiful place for our visitors.”

A minimum of 30 days per year are committed through the Time Bank scheme, and assistance can include anything from regeneration activities, career advice, technical advice, general maintenance, painting and litter picking, as well as any suggestions applicants can provide.

Individuals from Merseylink and Merseyflow have also expressed an interest in offering more personal commitments such as mentoring, coaching, and presentation skills aimed at young people or the unemployed to increase their chances of securing sustainable employment.

Karen Atherton, Merseylink Network Steward and Time Bank Lead, said: “We’re so pleased that we’re able to reopen applications for the Time Bank after having to take a break due to the pandemic. We’ve always had a really positive response from organisations that need additional support, so I would recommend getting your applications in early. Our team is raring to go and can’t wait to jump into some new projects to help the community in Halton.”

Emma Simons, Head of HR at Merseyflow, said: “We’re proud to support the work of amazing local charities through the Time Bank initiative. Getting involved in the community challenges brings our team together and provides the opportunity to engage with other volunteers and local charities. We’re excited to see what new projects we will be giving time to in 2023.”

This year’s Time Bank will run until Friday 31 March 2023. More information is available by emailing info@merseylink.com.

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