A major road in Liverpool city centre is closing this weekend as work continues on the removal of the footbridges under the flawed Churchill Way flyovers.
The closure of Hunter Street from 7pm, on Friday, 13 September until 6am on Monday, September 16 will have a considerable impact on traffic arriving into Liverpool from the M62 and from the north of the city via Scotland Road (A59).
Both Mersey Tunnels will be open to traffic in either direction, but the closure will restrict access to the Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel for traffic coming from the M62/Islington direction.
Road diversions will be in place around the city centre but the public are once again being advised to use public transport instead, unless absolutely necessary.
Merseytravel are advising that these diversions, as well as congestion, engineering works on the Merseyrail network and minor changes to some bus routes could cause delays. People travelling into and out of the city centre are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.
Merseytravel have provided updated information which can be viewed online at: www.merseytravel.gov.uk/churchillwayflyovers
Liverpool FC also have a home match at Anfield on Saturday, against Newcastle United (kick off – 12.30pm), and congestion is expected before and after the match. Fans travelling from the Wirral are advised to use the Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel.
Contractors for Liverpool City Council are currently on site dismantling the three footbridges that sit underneath the structurally flawed flyovers as part of phase one of the four month-long deconstruction programme.
Unlike the two flyovers, the footbridges are being taken down using a traditional demolition process which will create noise and dust. Water cannons will be used to dampen down the dust, but prevailing winds such as those we have experienced recently can make the dust travel in unexpected directions. For people living in properties nearby they are advised to keep their windows closed over the weekend.
The removal of the footbridges, which were used to access Liverpool John Moores University’s Byrom Street campus, will be completed on Wednesday, 18 September.
Pedestrians needing to get to the LJMU campus can go via Dale Street and Hatton Garden to Great Crosshall Street or via William Brown Street, Islington and Hunter Street (when not fully closed).