Mersey Gateway Project
The Mersey Gateway Project is a public-private partnership for the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a new tolled bridge over the River Mersey in the northwest of England, and includes significant redesign and reconfiguration of the approach highway network. This new 6-lane crossing will be delivered on behalf of Halton Borough Council. The bridge is planned to open in 2017 and will provide a critical new link across the river Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. The Mersey Gateway will ease the significant congestion currently experienced by users of the existing crossings and provide a major strategic new transport route linking the Liverpool city-region, north Cheshire and the North West to the rest of the Country.
The Merseylink Consortium is responsible for the design, build, finance and operation of the new route. The Merseylink Civil Contractors Joint Venture (MCCJV) involves Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited, Samsung C&T ECUK Limited and FCC Construcción S.A., who have been appointed as Principal Contractor. The toll operator is Sanef.
Nicander is supporting the main technology contractor Dynniq with the provision of the Information System (IS), which is a fully integrated asset, fault and service information management platform that will deliver the effective management of information associated with:
- All highway and bridge assets
- All traffic information, control and journey time technology assets
- Activities of inspections, surveys and maintenance
- Winter service, weather and environmental requirements
- Emergency call-outs, enforcement and abnormal load routeing
The IS will deliver a comprehensive information reporting service, including calculation of the financial payments based on the utilisation of the bridge and vehicle speeds.