Prime Minister backs Mersey Gateway on visit to Halton
David Cameron yesterday pledged his support for the Mersey Gateway Project on a visit to Halton to unveil a new enterprise zone based at the flagship business park.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister raised the question of the bridge on a visit to Daresbury science campus. “The Mersey crossing is going ahead,” Cameron said on his visit.
Cllr. Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, who was at the Daresbury event, said: “Unprompted, the Prime Minister mentioned the bridge, and how important it is to the region, so it’s definitely on his radar. We are hoping we will hear something in September or October, and we are in a position to move forward quickly with the procurement process.”
The project was given initial funding approval by Chancellor George Osborne as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, and then received planning approval in December 2010.
Its size and complexity has meant delays in agreeing the final details of the funding package from government – the Government’s contribution to the project is expected to be over £260 million, which makes it larger than all the other local transport schemes currently being considered by Government. A final decision on the funding package is expected in the early autumn.”