Queensway Tunnel weekend
closure to allow for essential maintenance works
DRIVERS are advised to avoid the
Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel while a weekend of essential maintenance work is
carried out over November 2016.
The tunnel will be closed in both directions, between 9pm, Friday, 11 November and
6.30am, Monday, 14 November 2016, to allow for essential repair work to take place.
Drivers are advised to use the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel which will be open
during this period, but to allow for extra journey times in case of delays.
The essential works involve replacing the drainage systems which are situated at
both the Liverpool and Birkenhead Tunnel entrances. The drainage systems run
across all four lanes which is why the Tunnel needs to be closed.
During the works, drivers and bus users are advised to check the travel updates
section of the Merseytravel website which includes details about bus service
changes and diversions, rail engineering works, changes to Mersey Ferries, plus
Mersey Tunnels closures.
Head of Asset Management Tony Killen said:- “This work needs to be done
and unfortunately it cannot be completed without a full closure of the tunnel.
However, we have carefully considered the timing in of this and we chose this
weekend as it would be quieter in terms of no local football matches or major
events, minimising disruption for our customers
In addition we need to get it done before we get into the Christmas shopping
period and before the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal works, so we can help keep
Merseyside and the City Region moving. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate
tunnel users cooperation during these essential works."