The A554 Tower Road, which goes across the docks between Wallasey and Birkenhead, will close to through traffic from  28 March 2017 until the end of January 2018.

This is to allow essential work to completely replace two bridges. The current bridges have many outdated features and if the rate of deterioration had been allowed to continue the route would very soon have become unsuitable for HGVs.

Diversion routes

Well-marked diversion routes, via Dock Road, Duke Street and Cleveland Street, will be in operation when bridge closures are in place and access to and from the Stena Line ferry terminal, as well as other businesses situated prior to the closed bridge, will be maintained at all times.

The map below shows the diversion routes.

Disruption to travel

The 145,  811, 409 and 423 bus services will follow the diversions put in place and some timetables will be amended.

Both bus users and motorists should expect additional traffic and delays and are therefore advised to check before they travel, plan their journeys and leave extra time for journeys.

Pedestrian and cyclist access

Cyclists and pedestrians will be unable to cross the bridges at Tower Road from mid-August.

A temporary shuttle mini-bus will be provided from mid-August 2017 until the new bridge re-opens to pedestrians. The mini-bus will have facilities to carry pedal cycles in a towed trailer if necessary but cyclists are encouraged to use the traffic diversion route.

The mini-bus will operate from stops close to the Wallasey side of the ‘A’ Bridge and near the Wirral Met college building on the Birkenhead side.  The mini-bus will take a continuous loop between the stops along the traffic diversion route and pedestrians wishing to use it are asked to remain patient. 

Further details and approximate waiting times will be included on notice boards at the stops, which will be clearly marked.

Key dates

These dates are based on our contractor’s current programme and may be subject to change.

28 March 2017 to late June 2017

Artist's impression of the new C bridge on Tower Road, Birkenhead side

‘C’ Bridge replacement: A554 Tower Road closed, access to Stena Line ferry terminal from the Wallasey side only. Businesses situated on the Birkenhead side up to the 'C' bridge remain accessible.

2017 to end of January 2018

Artist's impression of the new A bridge on Tower Road

‘A’ Bridge replacement: A554 Tower Road fully closed, access to Stena Line ferry terminal from the Birkenhead side only.