I WAS delighted to see 50,000 people being given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland at the weekend.

There was a ballot and 250,000 applied.

The bridge opened for cars and then closed to let people walk over it on Saturday and Sunday. People paid £1 each, which went to charity.

Why can’t we be given the same chance here and walk over the Mersey Gateway before it opens?

We could raise a great sum for local charities, perhaps the Mayor’s Fund?

I never thought I would see a new bridge built over the Mersey.

The bridge roadworks are at the bottom of my garden. I have seen it change tremendously over the past couple of years.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for us all to celebrate with a big charity event.

I have been told by Merseylink that it can’t allow people to walk across the Mersey Gateway for contractual reasons, but I don’t see why it can’t be done.

Perhaps we should get a petition organised.

Geoffrey Heap

Halton Lodge