Work creating a new direct link road bridge across the River Mersey has begun in Stockport town centre.
Linking Swaine Street with Astley Street, just east of Stockport viaduct, the new 38 metre Mersey Bridge will provide a two-way link for buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians between the A6 and the planned transport interchange via Heaton Lane, making it easier for passengers to change between different stages of their journeys.
Funded as part of the Greater Manchester Growth Deal programme, the bridge is the first stage of preparatory works for the town centre’s new transport interchange.
Having successfully won the bridge contract last year, construction firm Osborne has now begun work on-site. Over the coming months the contractor will be carrying out ground investigation, excavations and piling of foundations ahead of the bridge’s steel beams being lifted into place and the construction of the bridge itself.
Mersey Bridge is due to open to traffic in 2019.