The Mersey Gateway Bridge

Dynniq showcases its bespoke TCIS system on Mersey Gateway Bridge

Why the need for the Mersey Gateway Bridge?

The Mersey Gateway project was designed to relieve road traffic congestion that occurred on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge and with its integration into the road network, has transferred around 80% of the traffic onto the new bridge. This allows road users to gain shorter and more reliable journeys as well as providing benefits to the community by creating new jobs.

What is it?

Mersey Gateway is a six lane toll bridge over the River Mersey which relieves congestion and helps to ease the level of traffic flow across the ageing Silver Jubilee bridge. It forms part of a wider programme to upgrade infrastructure around the Mersey crossings including realigning road networks, adding tolling to the Silver Jubilee Bridge and building new interchanges.

How does it work?

Central to this strategy is the Traffic Control and Information System (TCIS) which integrates multiple subsystems including ANPR cameras, VMS signs, CCTV, Incident Detection Systems, Present Weather Monitoring, Journey Time Management System along with Traffic Signal controlled junctions into a single platform in order to provide monitoring and control facilities for the bridge operators. The TCIS also integrates an Asset and Fault Management System for the bridge with functionality to automatically schedule planned and reactive maintenance activities.

At the core of the TCIS is an ImCity Common Database Master Control System which provides a strategic overview of all available assets. It allows operators to monitor and control the road network in real time as well as manage faults promptly.

Where is it?

Opening in 2017, the Mersey Gateway Bridge is between Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire and spans over the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.