Description of the Scheme

The scheme will take place on the Wallasey Docks Link Road North (A5139) between the A554 roundabout (Junction 1, M53) and the A5088 roundabout (Birkenhead Docks). 

The Wallasey Docks Link Road North links into the West Float of the Wirral Waters development. It also provides links from the motorway into central Birkenhead to Tower Wharf, Europa Boulevard and to Hind Street. 

The work will involve:

  • renewal and installation of 1900m of vehicle restraint system (VRS) safety fencing
  • replacement and renewal of 136 'life-expired' old steel and concrete street lighting columns

Benefits of the Scheme

The scheme supports improved highway infrastructure on the routes to and from: the Kingsway road tunnel; the proposed Wirral Waters development; Birkenhead Town Centre; and Birkenhead Docks. 

The project will provide an essential upgrade to improve road safety on a critical section of the Key Route Network (KRN) including the Wallasey Kingsway Mersey Tunnel, M53 mid Wirral motorway, Birkenhead Docks and Wirral Waters networks.

The primary purpose of this project is to prevent a vehicle from leaving the highway and striking another vehicle.

How the scheme will be funded

Funding for the scheme has come through grant from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Council’s Transport for Growth programme.  The total project cost is approximately £500,000.


Works on site started on the safety fencing 15 March 2019 and were completed on 24 June 2019.

The work was completed by the Council’s contractor Joe Roocroft & Sons Ltd, with project support from our specialist engineering services supplier, Amey Consulting Ltd. 

The streetlighting works will be completed during 2020 as part of the Council’s LED Street Lighting Phase 2 upgrade works contract with SSE Contracting Ltd.

Further Information

During the works the Council collaborated very closely with Merseytravel, by co-ordinating our programming, traffic management and network access with Merseytravel’s own Kingsway Tunnel approach, Gore Link, resurfacing scheme to minimise network disruption effects and to enable some essential maintenance work carried out on one of the Council’s own major bridges, Poulton Viaduct, to be completed at the same time.