Mersey Tunnel

Pete Owens
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Re: Mersey Tunnel

Postby Pete Owens » 1 Jul 2019, 11:00am

kwackers wrote:
Pete Owens wrote:Nowadays this is even more of an issue as the next crossing up-river at Runcorn is closed for renovation during the week and cycling is banned on the brand new bridge a bit further:
https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/103166/
This means you have to go all the way to Warrington to ride across the Mersey. Quite a diversion:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/53.40932,-2.9834679/53.3908953,-3.0149364/@53.3735119,-2.9085222,11.25z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d-2.6129181!2d53.3769826!3s0x487b0265eb8cb30b:0x14064a0e70543f07!3m4!1m2!1d-2.6987919!2d53.3051346!3s0x487ae317999ad22f:0x2cc207979eb577da!1m0!3e1

The pedestrian section on Runcorn bridge is open surely?

Only at weekends - a bit of an issue for anyone commuting between Runcorn and Widnes.
(Haven't been that way for a while so don't know).

It has been that way since the day they opened the new bridge (but not for cyclists) in 2017.

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Re: Mersey Tunnel

Postby The Gazman » 1 Jul 2019, 6:33pm

Actually, going by this (undated) article on the Halton Borough Council website, https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/part-time-clo ... hcycleway/, it would appear the bridge could officially be used by cyclists after 4pm on weekdays, although it should be open now at all times, unless HBC have a different definition of when summer 2019 starts!

However, I imagine they only said it was shut to cyclists for excessively cautious health and safety reasons and that, like kwackers did, you could go across at any time.

There was also a bit of a discussion on this topic on the LEJOG forum a few months ago: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=128766&start=15

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Re: Mersey Tunnel

Postby Pete Owens » 2 Jul 2019, 12:27am

Nope there are high fences and locked gates. The work looks very far from completion.

And even when it does open that is still no excuse to ban us from the new bridge, which is a mile and a half away.

I guess we would probably get away with riding across the new bridge - but the very frequent officious notices (including the one on that link) suggest that they are very keen to to keep their band new bridge clear of plebs on bikes - so there probably is some enforcement activity.

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Re: Mersey Tunnel

Postby RickH » 3 Jul 2019, 9:01pm

Update on the old Runcorn Bridge (aka the Silver Jubilee Bridge).

Cheshire Live wrote:... the opening date for pedestrians and cyclists could be very soon, with a 'late summer 2019' opening confirmed by Halton Borough Council.

From Cheshire Live article here published 2nd July.