A further landmark in the works to replace two bridges over the docks between Birkenhead and Wallasey was reached yesterday (Monday 14th August) with the closure of the pedestrian and cyclist route along Tower Road.
The road has been closed to through traffic since March when the works to replace the ‘A’ and ‘C’ Bridges got underway, however temporary passages had allowed those on foot or on bicycle to continue their journey as usual.
However, as the project moves on to a significant phase – the dismantling and removal of the iconic ‘A’ Bridge – access for pedestrians and cyclists is now not possible until the new bridge opens in January next year.
Instead, a free shuttle bus service will run around the clock, seven days a week, between the points where Tower Road is closed to traffic. The journey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and at most times the bus will operate on a continuous loop, although there may be quieter times when pedestrians can call the bus driver to come and transport them along the diversion route.
All traffic will continue to be diverted down Dock Road, across the Duke Street bridge to the Birkenhead side of Tower Road, via Cleveland Street.
The old ‘A’ Bridge is being lifted out of position between 14th and 18th August. The new ‘A’ Bridge is currently being fabricated in Anglesey and some sections have already started to be delivered to Birkenhead to be assembled on the quayside at the corner of Tower Road and Dock Road.
The main new ‘A’ Bridge structure itself is set to be floated in by pontoon between 22nd and 28th November. Work is set to continue until 24th January 2018 when the new ‘A’ Bridge will re-open to all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.
All these dates are based on the contractor’s latest forecasts and may be subject to change, but every effort is being made by all concerned to complete these essential works as quickly and safely as possible in order to fully re-open the road to all users at the earliest possible opportunity.