The Mersey Gateway Project

Local festival walkers will get close up view of Mersey Gateway Bridge route

April 22, 2013LornaNews

Walkers in Runcorn are going to get a unique perspective on the environmental aspects of the Mersey Gateway Project as part of the Frodsham Festival of Walks later this month.

The Project’s Environmental Officer, Paul Oldfield, is leading a three-mile guided walk of Wigg Island on Sunday 28 April. The walk will highlight the route of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, which will cross over Wigg Island.

Frodsham Festival of WalksThe 10th annual Frodsham Festival of Walks starts on 27 April and will last 10 days, with a wide range of walks for the hundreds of newcomers and experts who take part each year.

The centrepiece of the Mersey Gateway Project is a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes.

The team behind the project has also set up the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust, which will be responsible for conserving, protecting and improving the environment of the Upper Mersey Estuary in the area.

Cllr John Stockton, Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Transportation, said, “This walk will be a great way for local people to find out just how the project will interact with the local environment on Wigg Island. The Frodsham Festival of Walks is a great local event and we’re looking forward to getting involved.”

Graham Bondi, Frodsham Town Councillor and organiser of Frodsham Festival of Walks, said: “We are always keen to involve our neighbouring parishes and are delighted to have a walk of so much interest in this year’s programme.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the three-mile walk, which should take around two hours, should meet at Wigg Island Visitor Centre, Runcorn at 2pm and should wear comfortable waterproof shoes.

More details on the other walks during the festival are online at


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