Drivers are advised to avoid the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel while a weekend of essential maintenance work is carried out next month.

The tunnel will be closed in both directions between 9pm Friday 11th November and 6.30am Monday 14th November 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 the city region moving. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate tunnel-users cooperation during these essential works.”


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