Description of the scheme
The project consists of major connectivity improvements to the A554 Tower Road.
These improvement works will create high quality facilities, encouraging more sustainable travel.
Work within the project will involve:
- widening of pavements
- reducing the width of the road
- crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
- the planting of approximately 130 trees
Benefits of the scheme
The project will see the current surface areas of the highway, shared between road users, pedestrians and cyclists, improving the way the network is used and promoting more sustainable ways of travelling.
These improvements will:
- encourage cycling, walking and the use of public transport
- create an inclusive street that provides a network for all ranges of mobility
- reduce the speeds of vehicles improving road safety
- create a new street design that is adaptable and suitable for the future
The scheme forms a key element of the sustainable transport infrastructure to support the regeneration and future development of the Wirral Waters area and consists of major public realm improvements to the A554 Tower Road.
Works will involve the widening of pavements and the reducing of carriageway widths to provide high quality facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The objective of the scheme is to lower traffic speeds through the area, to make sustainable travel more accessible and to create an improved environment for all road users.
Crossing points will also connect to already established walking and cycling routes and help improve connections with other transport options to the surrounding areas to allow easier access around the borough.
Why is this work being completed now?
Improvements to both the structure and look of the street are necessary to support future developments at Wirral Waters.
The scheme is also reliant on funding and to meet the agreements of the funding, a dedicated delivery timetable for when the project needs to start and be completed needs to be followed.
Why was this work not undertaken during the bridge replacement?
The A-Bridge replacement project and the Tower Road improvement project are two separate major schemes and have been funded through different funding streams approved by Central Government. Due to this, the timings of the work couldn’t be scheduled simultaneously, with funding having different delivery timetables.
As a road user, will I be able to drive along Tower Road at all times?
During phase one of the works, between Monday 8 June and Sunday 19 July 2020, yes, as only a partial closure of Tower Wharf will be in place (Tower Road to west side of ‘Contact Company’ access). Tower Road (Tower Quays to ‘C’ Bridge) will therefore run under 2-way traffic lights during this time.
Unfortunately, due to a full closure of Tower Road (Tower Quays to ‘C’ Bridge) there will be no access to Tower Road for through traffic from Monday 20 July to February 2021. Access to Tower Road for local businesses will be maintained via localised alternative routes will be in place for through traffic.
My business is located near to the bridges. Will it be affected in anyway?
Clearly signed traffic management will be in place to ensure the continued safety of all highway users. The works will be completed in two different phases of works. Phase one will involve partial closure of Tower Wharf (Tower Road to west side of ‘Contact Company’ access) and Tower Road (Tower Quays to ‘C’ Bridge) will run under 2-way traffic lights.
Phase two will involve a full closure of Tower Road to through traffic.
How the scheme will be funded
The £3.2 million project is jointly funded by a successful bid, the Department of Transport and local contribution. Extra funding has been secured for the planting of 130 trees from the EU and local contribution.
The works will not be funded by Council Tax.
The project started on Monday 8 June and is expected to be complete by February 2021.
The works will be carried out in two phases, each with specific temporary and clearly signed traffic management arrangements to ensure the continued safety of all highway users.
Monday 8 June to Sunday 19 July 2020
- Partial closure of Tower Wharf (Tower Road to west side of ‘Contact Company’ access)
- Tower Road (Tower Quays to ‘C’ Bridge) will run under 2-way traffic lights
Monday 20 July to February 2021
- Full closure of Tower Road to through traffic (Tower Quays to ‘C’ Bridge)
Further details will be released before phase 2 begins.
Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists along Tower Road at all times.
Who do I contact for information about the scheme?
Information will be available on the scheme signboard, and additional progress notices will be posted on site.
Updated information will be available on https://roadworks.org/
For news about the project, you can visit Wirral View and the council’s social media channels.
Or by phone via the Streetscene Contact Centre on 0151 606 2004.