COUNCIL leader Marie Rimmer has welcomed news of plans for a new bridge across the River Mersey.
The new dual three-lane bridge and associated link roads will form a major new transport route - improving links between the Liverpool City region, north Cheshire and the wider North West to the rest of the country.
It will also ease congestion on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge - reducing journey times by up to 10 minutes at peak times.
St Helens Council Leader Marie Rimmer said: “This is a vitally important piece of infrastructure that will improve journey times and boost economic growth.
“We have always supported Halton’s campaign for a new bridge and are delighted that our neighbours have been successful in securing a green light for the project.
“As well as helping the regeneration of Halton the bridge will bring benefits for the people of St Helens and the wider North West region by improving transport links.”