THE Mersey Gateway Runcorn information centre is closing to make way for a new shop.

After welcoming nearly 10,000 visitors since opening in February 2016 the centre in Runcorn Shopping City shuts today.

An existing retailer is expanding and moving into the unit.

Visitors from across the UK and around the world have learnt about Halton’s iconic new bridge and road project.

Neil Wilcock, employment and skills co-ordinator with Merseylink, said: “The site at Shopping City has been a great location for us to meet and chat to people about the project.

“Our volunteers have done a great job passing on their enthusiasm for the new bridge and what it will mean for Halton.”

The visitor centre at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes will be the focal point for details about the Mersey Gateway project, its history, heritage and ambitions.

Interactive display screens, videos, photographs and a live site webcam can give visitors a fascinating insight on the bridge construction.

The search is on to find a new location in Runcorn. In the meantime information about the project will be available from Runcorn Direct Link and the library.

David Parr, chief executive of Halton Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has worked at the information centre for their efforts. “They’ve done a great job spreading the good news about this landmark road and bridge project, and have helped generate significant interest from local residents.

“It’s great to see a retailer expand within Shopping City, and shows Halton business is flourishing.

The Widnes centre is open between 10am and 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

The Catalyst Museum and Mersey Gateway visitor Centre will close for annual maintenance from September 2-9.