Key Projects in Halton - Liverpool City Region
The Mersey Gateway Bridge
The £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge is one of the biggest projects in the Liverpool City Region today.
The economical impact that the new bridge will bring to the region will be hugely significant.
Together with vast regeneration plans like the new £300 million deep water Port of Liverpool,
the £92 million Mersey Multimodal Gateway, the £150 million Jennifer Project,
the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters and the £4.5 billion Wirral Waters.
The future for the Liverpool City Region as a whole is looking very promising indeed!
Stronger links for Halton
The new Mersey Gateway Bridge is essential for the region to strengthen its economy.
It will have six lanes, stretch for around one kilometre and is expected to be finished in 2016.
The existing Runcorn-Widnes Bridge is used by over 80,000 vehicles a day, with traffic on the main thoroughfare often coming to a standstill as the myriad roads bottleneck into a crushing singularity. When this happens the affects on the surrounding boroughs can also be catastrophic, with most of the traffic shifting down the River Mersey causing gridlock in Warrington.
The jobs that will be created during and after the building of the bridge will help generate a healthy boost to the local economy. The route for the new bridge will join Runcorn's Central Expressway with Speke Road in Widnes and provide an easier access to Liverpool, for Runcorn's new town inhabitants especially.
Mersey Multimodal Gateway 3MG
The Mersey Multimodal Gateway is a £92 million redevelopment project that will create thousands of extra jobs providing a much needed boost to the regional economy. Also known as '3MG', the project is thanks to the successful collaboration between Halton Borough Council, Prologis and the Stobart Group. The site for regeneration is the old West Bank Dock estate in Widnes. The estate was closed during the 1970's and is a prime location for redevopment. It was built during the reign of Queen Victoria when the chemical industry was flourishing in the town. This project along with the Mersey Gateway Bridge are helping to loosen any grip that the chemical industry may have on the borough. With the people of Halton looking forward to a newer more varied economy in the future.
Castlefields Regeneration Project
The Castlefields Regeneration Project has been renewing the streets of Castlefields since 2002.
The acclaimed partners for the regeneration project are Halton Borough Council,
the Homes and Communities Agency, the Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), the Plus Dane Group and local residents.
When the regeneration had been going for 10 years,
over £100 million had been spent on the huge estate,
1,200 of the concrete flats had been demolished,
800 new affordable homes had been built,
100 of the existing homes had been renovated and the award winning Pheonix park had been created.
The old community area that stretched over both sides of the busway was also knocked down.
It has been replaced by a new £11 million community square, with an impressive new health centre,
community centre and shops.
The Castlefields housing estate was built in 1972 and was one of the eight housing estates built during
the creation of Runcorn New Town.
The masterplan was to build eight housing estates to alleviate the overcrowding problems in urban Liverpool. The new town would eventually house over thirty thousand new arrivals from Liverpool and of the eight housing estates created, Castlefields is the largest.
Over twenty of the huge horizontal towers were built. Some were up to 300 metres long and were linked together by raised stone walkways. Together they stretched right across one of the biggest social housing estates in Europe.
After years of steady decline of the concrete estate and following the successful regeneration of the similarly delapidated 'Southgate' estate. A partnership was formed which quickly set about to regenerate Castlefields. Today it looks virtually unrecognizable from when Runcorn's new town was originally built.