The first royal engagement of the day, held in full view of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, saw the Queen unveil a plaque to commemorate its official opening. RSK joined local politicians, community volunteers and staff from the construction consortium and operating teams who helped to make the bridge a reality.
The guests await the royal visitors
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge
Many RSK staff worked on the Merseylink project, a major North West scheme to build a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. It was approved in 2006 and construction began in 2014. Several RSK staff were seconded to the project full time. The bridge has been operating for eight months, and opened to traffic following a spectacular light show and fireworks display on 13 October 2017.
“I was delighted to attend the event and represent the RSK team,” says project director Haydn Keen. “It was fitting that the project was opened by Her Majesty the Queen and gained worldwide exposure.”
After officially opening the bridge, the royal visitors travelled to nearby Chester to open the new Storyhouse Theatre. They then attended a lunch at Chester Town Hall hosted by Cheshire West and Chester Council, where Alan Ryder joined local politicians and civic dignitaries to celebrate the royal visit. The last time Alan met the Queen was at Buckingham Palace in 2016, when RSK was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, one of the UK’s highest accolades for business success.
RSK’s head office is nearby in Helsby, Cheshire. The company was delighted to be part of such a significant day.