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Work starts on Mersey Gateway - the new bridge connecting Widnes and Runcorn

Breaking the ground - work starts on the Mersey Gateway Credit: Mersey Gateway

Work has started on the £1.75bn Mersey Gateway Project with an official 'ground-breaking' ceremony on the banks of the River Mersey.

In autumn 2017 a new six-lane toll bridge will open over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes - the aim being to relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.

There will be a £2 toll for both the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

Fiddlers Ferry power station is backdrop to new bridge Credit: Mersey Gateway

It's hoped the bridge will create 470 full-time jobs.

Halton Council leader Cllr Rob Polhill said: “It’s been decades of trying for a new bridge and we’re now making a start. We always knew this day would come and it’s a historic moment for us.”