Mersey Gateway team welcomes DfT Parliamentary Statement
The team behind the Mersey Gateway Project has welcomed today’s Written Parliamentary Statement on contingent liability made by the DfT.
This is a requirement of the parliamentary process and moves Mersey Gateway a further step closer to achieving financial close.
Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, said: “We welcome this re-confirmation as it reaffirms the UK Government’s support for the project, and it is good to see the Government continues to recognise the important contribution that Mersey Gateway can make to economic regeneration and growth.”
He added: “Prior to government being able to confirm final approval for the project and determine when work can start, it is required to consult parliament. This is a procedural matter that raises no new issues in relation to the project, but is a sign that things are progressing well.”
The centrepiece of the Mersey Gateway Project is a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey. The existing Silver Jubilee Bridge will also be tolled as part of the project, which is expected to help create thousands of new jobs, secure inward investment to the area and deliver important regeneration benefits.