3MG also offers high quality road access.
The site benefits from direct access to the A562 dual carriageway. This provides direct routes to Liverpool, Runcorn, the M56 and the A5300 Knowsley Expressway (which connects with the M62). 3MG is therefore well located to serve the distribution market in the North West of England, lying in to the east of Liverpool and with good quality road links to Warrington, Greater Manchester, Preston and onto Lancaster and Cumbria.
Listed below are distances and average HGV driving times from 3MG to a selected number of destinations in the North West.
- Liverpool: 20km and 30 minutes
- Manchester: 45km and 50 minute
- Warrington: 14km and 20 minutes
- Preston: 62km and 60 minutes
- Chester: 32km and 40 minutes
- Wrexham: 62 km and 65 minutes
Most parts of the North West can therefore be reached in under 1 hours driving time.
3MG also benefits from a ‘private’ internal road network, which permits the low cost transfer of goods between warehousing and between warehousing and the intermodal terminal. As the internal road network is not adopted, vehicles operating on cheaper rebated diesel can be used to undertake such transfers.
The Mersey Gateway Project is a major scheme to build a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes that will relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge.
The project also includes or facilitates:
- plans to develop and integrate public transport, cycle and pedestrian links across Halton
- plans to kick start a major 20-year regeneration programme for Halton
- improving regional transport links to encourage new and inward investment
- road user charges on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge between the two towns
The new bridge will:
- be over 70% funded by the private sector
- mean an estimated 4,640 new jobs through direct employment, regeneration activity and inward investment
- generate an estimated £61.9 million a year in Gross Value Added from the new jobs by 2030
- cross the river around 1.5km to the east of the Silver Jubilee Bridge
- be a tolled crossing with a speed limit of 60mph
- have three lanes across the Mersey in each direction
- form the centerpiece of a new and improved high standard link road (9.5km long) connecting the national motorway network in north Cheshire with Merseyside.