The next phase of the New Ferry recovery operation is now underway as contractors have been able to reduce the cordon around the worst affected properties and restore access past the site of the explosion.
The fencing off of just the most badly-damaged properties on Bebington Road means that direct through access for pedestrians – which has not been possible since the explosion on March 25th – can be restored.
It has also allowed repairs to Boundary Road to take place meaning that traffic is now running through this part of New Ferry and Port Sunlight for the first time since the blast happened.
Contractors are now able to work safely behind the hoarding to either repair or remove the properties as appropriate. Repair works on other damaged properties close to the blast site are also taking place under the instructions of insurers.
David Ball, who is leading Wirral Council’s recovery team, said:
“We have now completed all the emergency works that have been necessary in such complex circumstances and we are pleased to be able to restore full access for residents, shoppers and motorists.
“New Ferry has remained open for business throughout the recovery phase but we know that the closure of the road and restrictions on pedestrian access, which was unavoidable, has impacted on footfall and trade. I hope circumstances will now improve and I urge everyone to support their local businesses.
“We are continuing to meet regularly with New Ferry residents and businesses to update them on progress of the recovery operation and once again I pay tribute to their patience and resilience through these difficult times.”