Work across the Mersey Gateway site is ramping up, and the project’s visitor centre has now opened.
The visitor centre, located at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, was opened by school children from St Michael’s School, Widnes. The centre offers visitors an insight into the project, and provides everyone who visits its viewing platform with a bird’s eye view of the work underway in the river. A similar centre is planned for Runcorn.
Pupils from St Michael’s Catholic Primary school, Widnes, have officially opened the first Mersey Gateway visitor centre. Ellis Bebbington and Anna McDermott, both aged 7, cut the ribbon as the first visitors to the new centre.
Fellow pupils and teachers joined members of the Merseylink team to get a first-look at the new centre, which is based at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes.
The visitor centre will be used to tell the story of Halton’s iconic new bridge. It is free and open to the public from 10am-4pm, Tuesday through to Sunday (the Catalyst centre is closed on Mondays).
If you visit you will be able to use a number of interactive display screens to access a range of project information, including videos, photographs, a live webcam of the site, and a special children’s zone. E-learning packages and training materials are also available providing detailed information about general methods of construction process.
The visitor centre is staffed by Mersey Gateway volunteers, who will answer questions on everything from local history and heritage, environment and ecology, to the bridge construction.
The volunteers will also host trips to the Catalyst centre’s rooftop observatory, where visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the construction work taking place in the estuary.
Hugh O’Connor, General Manager at Merseylink, said: “This is one of the most important and iconic infrastructure projects currently underway in the UK, so we’re delighted to be able to offer people the chance to find out more about what’s happening on their doorstep.”
The team is currently finalising plans for its Runcorn information centre, which will be open in the spring.
For more information please visit www.merseygateway.co.uk