‘Bank Collapse’ has taken on a whole new meaning with worries that the gable end of the Birkdale Barclays Bank building could collapse leading to the closure of Liverpool Road in Birkdale Village from Tuesday morning.
As well as through motorists, the 49 and X2 bus services are affected with diversions in force along Trafalgar Road, Grosvenor Road and Crescent Road. It is hoped that the road closure will be lifted by this Friday, 15th August.
Birkdale Ward Lib Dem councillor Simon Shaw has voiced his concern about the short notice given about the closure. Since the decision was made on Monday afternoon he has had extensive discussions with Council officers trying to establish whether any alternative, less comprehensive closure is possible.
“This is obviously a major disruption to bus operators and motorists driving through. However, shops are all fully accessible and people can still happily drive into and park in the Village, it’s just that you can’t drive through it at the moment,” explained Cllr Shaw.
“Having been in contact with Council officers, I do know that they did consider only closing half the width of the Liverpool Road carriageway outside Barclays and Santander Banks, with temporary traffic lights in operation,”said Cllr Shaw.
“The danger there is that queuing southbound traffic could back up across the nearby Birkdale Station level crossing, and that is obviously an unacceptable risk. Unfortunately officers have concluded that the only safe option was to close Liverpool Road in both directions.”
Cllr Shaw says he recognizes that the safety of the public is paramount, but has called for the disruption to be brought to an end as soon as possible.
“It’s important to mention that access to the station car park is still possible from the Weld Road direction, and apart from the two banks, the rest of Birkdale Village is still fully open for business.”
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