YOU can now see how the iconic new bridge is taking shape – from the sky.

New drone footage showing what the Mersey Gateway Bridge looks like so far has been released today.

The film, captured last month,  reveals the scale of the project as hundreds of workers beaver away to ensure it opens as planned this autumn.

The eye in the sky follows the route of the new bridge from the north approach viaduct as it crosses the saltmarsh and Widnes.

It then moves over the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal to the construction of the new Astmoor viaduct in Runcorn.

The colossal bridge-building machines and huge cranes are clearly visible as the gaps between the bridge deck start to close.

The footage includes some stunning views of the Mersey Estuary and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

Hugh O’Connor, general manager for Merseylink, said: “I’m hugely proud of the work that our team has delivered on this project.

“This film really shows the scale of the work we are undertaking right in the middle of the river. It’s great to see it brought to life in this way.”

Halton Council leader councillor Rob Polhill said: “The scale of this project is phenomenal and this new drone footage also shows what a stunning new landmark we are creating for the whole of north west England.”

Drone operators are reminded there are strict regulations in place governing the use of drones and that unauthorised flying in a public place or around a construction site could lead to the operator being arrested.

The Mersey Gateway Project team issued a warning on the potential dangers of drones 18 months ago and has been very pleased that there have been no significant incidents around the site since then.