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Birkenhead tunnel closed to Liverpool-bound traffic this weekend

Motorists driving from Wirral to Liverpool this weekend will have to use the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel as the Liverpool-bound carriageway of the Birkenhead Tunnel is closed.

The closure is because the complex removal of Liverpool’s Churchill Way flyovers will move up a gear this weekend - September 6th-to 9th. Contractors are now on site dismantling the three footbridges that sit underneath the structurally flawed flyovers as part of phase one of the four month-long deconstruction programme.

The footbridges, which were used to access Liverpool JMU’s Byrom Street campus, will close to pedestrians tomorrow morning (Friday, 6 September) and, to ensure their safe removal, Byrom Street will fully close later that day at 7pm before re-opening at 6am on Monday, September 9.

  • The road closure means the Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel will be shut to Liverpool-bound traffic only (except buses and emergency vehicles).
  • Wirral-bound traffic will be able to use the tunnel as normal.
  • The Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel will be open as normal but is expected to be busy, and congestion, as a result of the works, is expected to affect both the approach and exit to the city centre, including the Tunnels.

Those wishing to travel into and through Liverpool city centre this weekend are encouraged to use public transport and Merseytravel have provided updated information.

The footbridge removal phase will take three weeks for Liverpool City Council’s contractors - GRAHAM - to complete. Pedestrians needing to get to the LJMU campus can go via Dale Street and Hatton Garden to Great Crosshall Street or via William Brown Street, Islington and Hunter Street (when not fully closed).