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NEWS ROUNDUP: Mersey tunnels & St George’s Hall

 

Your latest news update for the region

 

New technology is set to be introduced at the Mersey Tunnels. A video tolling system will replace the current Fast Tag system used at the Queensway and Kingsway tunnels, modernising the way tunnel users can pre-pay for their journeys. Cash and contactless payments will still be available for customers who prefer to pay for their crossing this way.

 

When the bridges at Seacombe Ferry Terminal were first installed, Queen Victoria was on the throne. The giant linkspan bridges are now being replaced. As part of the £7m project, original cast iron anchors holding the landing stage in place since 1890 were brought to the surface, they're so well preserved they'll continue to be used.

 

Work has been taking place behind the scenes on a brand-new visitor experience, which will open later this year at St George's Hall. The History Whisperer will be the focal point of a new attraction set to open late in the summer.

Behind the new addition is a team of the country’s leading tech organisations:

  • Gazooky Studios – a BAFTA and Prix Europa award-winning storytelling and world class XR technology company.
  • Immersive Interactive – specialists in mesmerising touch-wall interactivity
  • Music in Mind – an industry-leader when it comes to creating rousing, witty and deeply moving music and sound effects.
  • The consortium was officially appointed back in February after successfully responding to the Hall’s tender process, following a £250,000 award from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which formed part of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

This funding will pave the way for the new visitor experience, which will be a welcome addition to the Hall’s mission to recover following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 


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