A RE-OPENING date is yet to be confirmed for the Silver Jubilee Bridge as maintenance work continues.

The bridge closed one year ago after the Mersey Gateway opened on October 14, 2017 to help relieve congestion in the Halton area.

After maintenance work, the Silver Jubilee Bridge was due to re-open 12 months later with tolls but changes to road layouts and the removal of certain structures are still being considered.

A spokesman for Halton Borough Council said: "Following the closure of the Silver Jubilee Bridge (SJB), a programme of painting and maintenance commenced, which is currently in progress.

"This work is due for completion in early summer 2019 – at which point the SJB will reopen to pedestrians and cyclists."

However there is still no date for the reopening of the roads in the area.

Earlier this year, the council approved work to ‘delink’ the Silver Jubilee Bridge by redefining the roads around Runcorn main-line station.

The council's spokesperson added: "A feasibility report into this work is currently being considered, after which we will be able to confirm the timeframe for the reopening of the SJB to vehicles.

"The current closure of the SJB provides a unique opportunity to carry out these works, which will improve the visibility of Runcorn town centre and ultimately its connectivity to and from Runcorn Station.

"It will also make it easier to create and release sites for future development."