New Greystone footbridge is open

Published on: Wednesday, 18-November-2015

The new Greystone footbridge across the M62 in Huyton is now open to the public.

The modern bridge spans the M62 between Junctions 4 and 5, and is an eye-catching cable-stayed structure.

Funded by Knowsley Council, the new bridge provides pedestrian and cyclist facilities which link the communities on either side of the motorway and will be used by more than 400 people each day.

It replaces the old bridge, known locally as the ‘sausage bridge’, which helped generations of the local community to safely cross the M62 since it opened in 1973. That structure had reached the end of its serviceable life and was demolished in August.The Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Edna Finneran, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Greystone Road footbridge in Huyton.

The new bridge will be illuminated in the evenings and will not only ensure a safe crossing route, but will also give visitors to Knowsley a real sense of arrival as they pass through this impressive gateway.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “I am delighted that the new footbridge is now open. This project is a significant investment into the boroughs infrastructure and the new bridge truly is an impressive, eye catching structure.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on this project and also thank local residents and motorists for their understanding and patience while the work was carried out.”

“I’m sure the local community will take this new bridge into their hearts, just like they did with the old one and it will be used by many generations to come.”

The new bridge was officially opened by The Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Edna Finneran on 18 November. Pupils from Malvern School, who use the bridge for their journeys to and from school, were amongst the first people to walk across the new bridge.

Year 6 pupils from the school have also designed artwork that will feature at the entrance of the new bridge. Ideas generated by the children will be incorporated into the final artwork design for two panels that will be fitted at the entrance to the footbridge on Roby Road.

Photos from the officical opening event are on the council's Flickr account.

A time-lapse video of the installation can be seen on the council’s You Tube channel.  You can also see a timelapse video of the demolition.

A video explaining the history of the former bridge and the reasons for its replacement can also be viewed on the YouTube Channel.

If you haven’t seen the new bridge yet, you can watch a short video on the You Tube channel.