NORTH West England's Motorway users, who travel across
Merseyside, are being urged plan their journeys in 2017, as work begins on
renewing the Merseyrail lines between Wirral and Liverpool. The 6 month Wirral
Loop Line Track Renewal programme, which begins on Tuesday, 3 January 2016, will
mean that their will be no cross river rail services for the 1st 6 weeks of
2017, with the Mersey Tunnels and surrounding routes expected to be much busier
as a result. Highways England has been working closely with Merseytravel and
Wirral Line operators Merseyrail to plan for the closures and is urging drivers
to plan ahead and check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys.
Attention should be made of this, especially at peak travel times.
Rail users are being encouraged to continue using public transport, with Express
Rail Bus Replacement Services, along with using the existing cross river buses
and the amazing Mersey Ferries... This use of public transport will help keep
the tunnels and surrounding routes flowing...
Merseytravel is advising road users to:-
► Look to travel at non-peak times where possible and
allow extra time for journeys.
► Ensure cars are winter ready to avoid any potential breakdown in the tunnels
or on surrounding routes which would cause disruption and delays to all
► Apply for a tunnel Fast Tag which as well as saving drivers money on each
tunnel journey assists traffic management flow through the toll plazas.
► Alow for extra time so you can safely park, as more cars on the network make
parking in some areas harder.
► Road hauliers and delivery firms are also advised to discuss with customers
whether deliveries or pick ups can be rescheduled to avoid travel through the
tunnels at peak periods.
Highways England's Phil Stockford said:- "Merseytravel and its partners
have being working really hard to publicise these important modernisation works
and are encouraging rail users to stick to public transport rather than jump in
their cars. However, we want regular users of our roads in and around
Merseyside, including the M53, M56, M62 and A5036, to appreciate that this work
is taking place, that there may be extra traffic on their journeys, especially
through the Mersey Tunnels; and also to get into the habit of checking traffic
conditions before setting out and planning their journeys accordingly. For our
part we'll be monitoring congestion and incidents closely and working to advise
drivers of any issues."
Full information on the Wirral Loop works, including advice on alternative
travel modes and other journey planning advice, is available on the Merseyrail