Roadworks on the Daresbury Expressway

DATE 20th March 2015


The westbound carriageway will remain open throughout but from 23rd March 2015 will be operating via a single lane.

The slip road taking traffic from the Central Expressway to the eastbound Daresbury Expressway will also remain closed for the duration of the project, with traffic diverted via the westbound Bridgewater Expressway and onto Astmoor Road.

The slip road taking traffic from the eastbound Bridgewater Expressway to the southbound Central Expressway will also be closed for the duration of the project.

Southbound traffic coming from the Silver Jubilee Bridge and the Runcorn Old Town area to the Central Expressway will be diverted along Astmoor Road and back on to the westbound Daresbury Expressway before joining the Central Expressway.

These roadworks will be in place for a period of 18 months.

Both slip road structures will eventually be demolished. To ensure the safety of motorists, workers and other road users, the maximum speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph.

About the project:
The centrepiece of the Mersey Gateway Project is a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey. The existing Silver Jubilee Bridge will also be tolled as part of the project, which is expected to help create thousands of new jobs, secure inward investment to the area and deliver important regeneration benefits.

The Mersey Gateway Project will be one of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK over the coming years. Last year Mersey Gateway was identified as one of the UK government’s Top 40 priority projects in the National Infrastructure Plan and it has been recognised by KPMG as one of the ‘Top 100 infrastructure projects around the globe’.

The value of the construction phase of the project, including land, is estimated at £600million. The total project costs/revenues over the next 30 years are estimated at around £2billion.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the project team then please contact:
Merseylink on 0333 200 1164 or email

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