The A554 Tower Road, which goes across the docks between Wallasey and Birkenhead, remains closed to through traffic.
This is to allow essential work to replace the lifting 'A' bridge to be completed. The old bridges had many outdated features and if the rate of deterioration had been allowed to continue the route would very soon have become unsuitable for HGVs.
Moving the bridge into place requires Peel Ports to close the docks completely to shipping for a week. The last slot was missed due to the snow, so the bridge will now be moved into place during the next available slot, which is from 22 April.
Well-marked diversion route, via Dock Road, Duke Street and Cleveland Street, remains in operation and access to and from the Stena Line ferry terminal, as well as other businesses situated prior to the closed bridge, is still available.
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 are unable to cross at the old 'A' bridge at Tower Road. However, a shuttle mini-bus is being provided with space for bicycles until the new bridge re-opens to pedestrians. The mini-bus operates 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.