Mersey Gateway 'to cut congestion'

Drivers in the North West could benefit from reduced congestion following the planned completion of the Mersey Gateway bridge in 2016.

A sum of up to £470 million in new funding has been allocated to the project by the Government, according to transport secretary Philip Hammond.

The bridge might give drivers an extra option when they come to draw up ajourney planner, as it will feature six lanes.

It is hoped that congestion on the existing Silver Jubilee crossing between Runcorn and Widnes will be reduced following the launch of the new bridge.

Mr Hammond said: "The Mersey Gateway Bridge is an important transport project which will improve journeys and boost economic growth.

"It will not only provide much-needed traffic relief for the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, but also help to regenerate Halton, the Liverpool city region and the wider North West by improving transport links, maximising local development and regional economic growth opportunities."

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