Contractor Osborne has started work on site for a new bridge across the River Mersey in Stockport with ground investigation currently underway.
The new 38m span Mersey Bridge will link Swaine Street with Astley Street in the town centre and is being developed to improve transport links.
The work is being funded as part of the Greater Manchester Growth Deal programme and the bridge is the first stage of preparatory works for the town centre’s new transport interchange.
Osborne was appointed to construct the bridge last year.
Work on the piled foundations for the bridge is expected to start this summer and the steel beam bridge is due to open in 2019.
“The Mersey Bridge link is the first step in developing a new transport interchange for Stockport town centre,” said Stockport Council strategic head of place management Mark Glynn. “The start of work is a big step forward in improving access into the area, making public transport easier for everyone to use.”