Police have confirmed that the driver of a lorry that struck Southport Pier yesterday fled the scene following the incident.
A spokesperson for Sefton Council confirmed Southport Pier and the surrounding carriageway will remain temporarily closed while a safety inspection is carried out.
A lorry hit the underside of the pier yesterday afternoon and has caused some structural damage both to the boards and tram rails running down the pier.
Marine Drive remains closed this morning to Southbound traffic this morning, with motorists asked to use the Promenade (B5245) as a diversion.
The spokesperson said: “Due to a collision by a HGV with the underside of Southport Pier earlier today (September 7th), both Marine Drive and Southport Pier have been temporarily closed.
“An assessment of the damage, structural stability of the Pier for both pedestrian and vehicular safety is now taking place and further updates will be provided in due course.
“We apologise for any delays this may cause and we would ask all motorists to use the Promenade (B5245) as a temporary diversion route.”
Merseyside Police said: “As at 08:45AM Wednesday, Marine Drive under the pier is CLOSED TO NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC. Drivers travelling north should turn at the Esplanade roundabout and use the Promenade.
“Southbound traffic is now able to travel under the pier again.
“In addition, the traffic lights at the junction of ASH STREET and FOREST ROAD are currently inoperative. Please drive with caution until this fault is resolved.
“The vehicle is believed to have left the area following the incident. The driver has since been traced and is in the process of being spoken to by officers.
“There are road closures in place and motorists are advised to avoid the surrounding area.
“Enquiries into the collision are ongoing.”
Southport Pier Pavilion said: “We do remain open to the public. The bridge is three separate structures, so access is still open at the right-hand gate. Our small train will still be running from halfway point (stairs to the beach) to the pavilion.”