New M62 bridge to start on site

Eric Wright Civil Engineering will begin work during the summer on a Mouchel-designed footbridge across the M62 at Huyton for Knowsley Council.

The Greystone footbridge known locally as the ‘sausage bridge’ has helped generations of local residents to safely cross the M62 since it opened in 1973.

Old Greystone footbridgeThe footbridge has now reached the end of it serviceable life and Knowsley Council is investing £1.7m in a replacement bridge to serve cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will be illuminated in the evenings and is intended to give visitors to the borough a sense of arrival as they pass through.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “This project is a significant investment into the borough’s infrastructure and while there will be some disruption to local residents and motorway drivers, we hope the careful planning and preparation will help to keep this to a minimum.

“I’m looking forward to the new bridge being completed and I hope it continues to serve the local community as well as its predecessor.”

To avoid disruption to pedestrians whilst the work is taking place, a shuttle bus service will start on 27 July, when access to the footbridge will be closed. There will be weekend closures of the M62 for demolition and construction and separate lane closures to allow the contractors to dig 18 metre foundations in the central reservation.

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The end of an era …no more sausage!

By neil

Why is it known as the sausage bridge?

By Kellie

Long live the sausage bridge! You served us well!

By Bob Dawson

The Liverpool Echo says “A stretch of the M62 will close for four days as Knowsley council replace the Greystone footbridge, known locally as the sausage bridge because of its brown colour and rounded shape.” It looks white on photo and when I drive under it. And I have never had a round sausage! A square one once.

By Bob Dawson

Yep, all very nice and fluffy wuffy. Now how about constructing the missing length of motorway and Junctions 1, 2 and 3 and taking the motorway into Liverpool instead of it stopping short, just like almost everything stops short in that town. 42 years waiting for the western extremity of the motorway to be completed. It’s a joke…

By Rodger R

Unless Liverpool has some crazy badly thought out idea, the M62 will end where it currently ends. It’s not like its been in the roads programme for 42 years waiting for some funding……

By Roe Digger