There will be strict guidelines for residents to follow when Wirral’s three Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) reopen on Monday 4 May, with queues of up to four hours expected if people all rush to the centres at once.
Wirral Council is urging residents not to rush to the tip in the first few days of reopening. New rules meaning only three cars will be allowed on site at any one time could result in queues of up to 3-4 hours. While people may joke they have little else to do right now, residents are urged to consider the implications of their actions on others.
Specific traffic management systems will be in place including one-way systems, road closures and stewards to manage the traffic flow for each of Wirral’s three sites in Bidston, Clatterbridge and West Kirby. These measures will ensure the safe operation not only for those visiting the tip but for residents and amenities in the local area.
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) who manage the Household Waste Recycling Centre's (HWRC), along with their contractor Veolia, agreed to reopen the sites but have put a number of measures in place that follow government social distancing guidance to protect both users and staff. Just as the number of people who are allowed into shops is restricted during this time, the number of vehicles allowed into the tips needs to similarly be restricted.
One person per car and no vans is part of the changes at the tips to ensure that they can be used efficiently and safely, in line with government guidance during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This will inevitably lead to queues; the message from all partners involved is, only visit the tip in the first few days if absolutely essential. Blue Badge holders can be accompanied by one family member.
Over the past few weeks, in anticipation of tips reopening, the council’s highway team have been reviewing traffic management plans to ensure the safety of local residents and those travelling to the tips. Following the announcement by MRWA those plans have today been finalised.
Residents in the local area of West Kirby, Clatterbridge and Bidston will understand the potential risks at each of the HWRC sites. The council has a responsibility to minimise traffic, to ensure that the highway can still be used for emergency services, protect residents in the local areas and those travelling to use these sites.
Please be aware that Clatterbridge HWRC will be closed on Wednesday 6 May 2020. Essential maintenance at Clatterbridge Interchange is already scheduled for this time and this programmed work can’t be moved. Works at this junction will involve replacement of the existing traffic signal controller, which once upgraded will contribute towards improving the operation and co-ordination of the junction.
A One Way system will be in place along parts of Greenbank Road to manage access into West Kirby waste recycling centre and access for local residents. In addition, road closures and residents access only restrictions will also be in operation on adjoining side roads. Stewards will be stationed at key points to support these restrictions. All measures have been put in place to ensure safe access can be achieved for local residents and users of the recycling centre.
Access to Bidston waste recycling centre will be available from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Dock Road roundabout. No access will be available from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Beaufort Road. Diversions will be signed accordingly.
Access to Clatterbridge waste recycling centre will be available from the northbound section of Mount Road only. Visitors will also be signed to turn left only out of the site when departing. Such measures are required to assist traffic movements and ease congestion in the vicinity of the site. Motorists are advised to follow the lane approach signage on arrival to assist with queue management.
The restrictions put in place that will allow the centres to reopen are:
- The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher
- Cars only (no vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers)
- One person per vehicle (NB. Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)
- Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be strictly enforced
- Site Employees will not be able to assist with unloading to maintain social distancing
- Sites will be open 8am to 8pm every day (including Bank Holiday on 8 May) NB: Clatterbridge will be closed on Wednesday 6 May while essential maintenance work takes place on the interchange junction on the M53