A stretch of the Coastal Road between Birkdale and Ainsdale has reopened in a north bound direction.

An exceptionally high water table has led to flooding between Weld Road and Shore Road in recent weeks.

Last week an emergency closure of the road was introduced as contractors unblocked an additional drainage pipe within the dune system which had been submerged under water since flooding began.   A major pumping operation was successfully carried out to remove huge quantities of water from the landward side of the road.

This has enabled the north bound section of the road to reopen to traffic from Monday, February 4.

Further work is being carried out on the site as part of Sefton’s continuing efforts to resolve the issue.   Alan Lunt, Sefton Council’s Director of Built Environment, said: “The work carried out last week to unblock an additional drainage pipe seems to have been a success.

“Large pipes had to be laid across the Coastal Road which resulted in an emergency closure of the road but it enabled huge amounts of water to be pumped away.

“The road has now reopened in a north bound direction and we will continue to monitor the situation.”



UPDATE 4th February 5:00pm

Latest from senior Sefton officers: 

(Cllr) Tony Dawson


“Dear Councillor . . . . .  

We discovered a further inlet amongst the dunes on the landward side of the road.

We have, over the weekend, jetted this 200 metre long pipe that run under the road and into the seaward dunes clear and water is flowing very freely. Levels in the dunes have fallen and levels on the road are sufficiently low to allow us to re-open the road northbound. The idea is to assess what happens over the next two days as the level of rainfall in the last 6 months of 2012 was really exceptional and we must be cognisant of the fact that this is a completely unique event and more severe than the last two flood events – 1995 and 2000.

If the level on the road doesn’t recede sufficiently for us to re-open the southbound lane we will continue with investigatory work (something which we are continuing with in any case).

I trust that you find this information helpful.

Regards. . . . . .”


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