Widnes college hails Mersey Gateway event as great success
Almost 130 students from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College took part in a ‘Bridge to Prosperity’ event at the Catalyst Museum in Widnes, with teachers and Mersey Gateway bosses hailing it as a great success.
The Year 8 geography students had a full day of workshops and team building sessions at the Catalyst Museum. They learned how to tackle some of the big engineering and environmental challenges involved in bridge building as well as getting an insight into the latest progress and developments on the Mersey Gateway Project.
The ‘Bridge to Prosperity’ day was the first of its kind that the Mersey Gateway team has laid on, and they are now working with other schools and colleges to arrange similar events.
Merseylink, Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust representatives have also delivered over 120 hours worth of workshops and presentations in schools and colleges across the Halton area.
They are continuing to work with them throughout the construction programme, which will run through until autumn 2017, when the new bridge is scheduled to open.
The Catalyst Museum is home to one of the Mersey Gateway Project’s two free visitor centres. It offers a spectacular fourth floor panorama view across Widnes and Runcorn which includes an amazing perspective on the ongoing new bridge and other work taking place in the area.
Carolyn Robertson, director of the college’s Faculty for Humanities, said: “Students are excited about the project because it’s something we can all relate to; we live here and we are witnessing history being made.”
Hugh O’Connor, General Manager for Merseylink, said: “It is important for us to work together with local colleges, schools and community organisations so we can make the most of this amazing feat of engineering and construction here in Halton. As an industry we need to engage with young people so they can be our engineers and construction workers in the future, so it is great to see the students at Saints Peter and Paul are so keen to get involved.”
Cllr. Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see local schools getting involved with the project. The Mersey Gateway is more than just a transport scheme, it has become an intrinsic part of our communities and I’m delighted that young people across Halton are being inspired.”