The dramatic removal of Liverpool’s Churchill Way flyovers enters a new phase this weekend with the removal of a key central section.
The mammoth 70 foot long concrete span, weighing close to 600 tonnes, sits 50 feet above Byrom Street and the traffic using the nearby Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel – which will have to close for the weekend from 7pm on Friday, 11 October.
Before the tunnel re-opens at 6am on Monday, 14 October contractors for Liverpool City Council will painstakingly remove the span, which sits at the heart of the the southern flyover, and then cut it into smaller sections at the site compound, after which it will be taken to a site in north Liverpool to be crushed.
The pedestrian crossing at Byrom Street under the southern flyover will also be closed to the public from Friday for two weeks until Friday, 25 October.
The central section of the northern flyover was removed three weeks ago and the connecting footbridges have also been dismantled.
The full weekend closure of Byrom Street means the Tunnel will be shut to Liverpool-bound traffic only (except buses and emergency vehicles). Wirral-bound traffic will be able to use the tunnel as normal. The Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel will be open as normal but is expected to be busy, and congestion, as a result of the works, is expected to affect both the approach and exit to the city centre, including the Tunnels.
Those wishing to travel into and through Liverpool city centre this weekend are encouraged to use public transport and Merseytravel have provided updated information which can be viewed online at: www.merseytravel.gov.uk/churchillwayflyovers
Due to engineering works on the network on Sunday 13 October, rail replacement bus services will be in operation on the Merseyrail line between Birkenhead Central and Chester / Ellesmere Port, calling all stations.
Pedestrians needing to get to the LJMU campus on Byrom Street can go via Hatton Garden to Great Crosshall Street or via William Brown Street, Islington and Hunter Street (when not fully closed).
Gary Evans, Assistant Director of Customer Delivery at Merseytravel, said: “Whilst the work to deconstruct the Churchill Way Flyovers is ongoing, we’re working closely with Liverpool City Council and other partners to keep people moving. We advise people coming into the city centre to drive only if absolutely necessary and consider other options including bus, train, walking or cycling.
“It’s also important to plan ahead and leave plenty of time for your journey to allow for road diversions and rail engineering works in place this weekend. For more information about travel options, please check the Merseytravel.gov.uk or bus and rail operator websites and travel planners.”