Suttons Group will be one of the largest users of the bridge
A global logistics and supply chain specialist based in Widnes, Suttons Group, was allowed a sneak preview of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge ahead of its opening just after midnight on the morning of Saturday 14th October.
The Mersey Gateway Project covers over nine kilometres of road improvements across Halton, including the bridge and a series of major new junctions running through Runcorn and Widnes.
Its opening will mean quicker, easier and more reliable journeys across the Mersey, and the wider north-west region.
Suttons Group will be one of the largest users of the Mersey Gateway and John Sutton, CEO Suttons Group said: “More than 55 years ago, Suttons vehicles were amongst the first to cross the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
“Now our trucks are once again leading the way proudly crossing the new Mersey Gateway prior to its opening.
“With our head office and main depot in Widnes we are expecting to make around 30,000 crossings every year.
“The opening of the new bridge will hopefully remove the congestion this region has suffered from over the last few years”.
Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council said: “It’s fantastic to see Suttons Group welcoming our new crossing. As a global enterprise based in the borough we are delighted that the Group has registered all of its fleet vehicles with the Merseyflow tolling operation in anticipation of the bridge opening this Saturday.
“The Mersey Gateway Bridge and improved road infrastructure in Halton will transform the way businesses can travel in the borough and across the north west and beyond.
“The crossing will bring with it numerous benefits to all users ensuring that they can move across the borough quicker, easier and much more reliably than before. There will be no more congestion, no more delays, and no more downtime.
“Early indications show that more businesses are moving into the borough than ever before and with support from businesses such as Sutton Group, it is clear that the business community is recognising the vast improvements the new bridge will bring.”
So far over 80,000 vehicles have been registered for discounts on tolls, and people can still register after the new bridge is open, or pay for one-off crossings in advance or by 11.59pm the day after they travel.
Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts on your trips once you have paid your relevant administration fee.
The quickest way to register is online using www.merseyflow.co.uk, but you can also register in person at our Runcorn walk-in centre, or over the phone on 01928 878 878, both are open 8am - 8pm weekdays, and 9am - 6pm weekends and bank holidays.
Once the bridge opens, tolls will be enforced immediately. Dedicated cameras and sensors will read vehicle number plates and special merseyflow stickers to charge drivers.