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Travel information and advice for Churchill Way Flyovers dismantling works 11 October - 1 November

Churchill Flyovers 

The works to dismantle the Churchill Way flyovers in Liverpool City Centre between September and December 2019 will cause significant disruption to road users with various, and changing, road and car park closures to facilitate the work taking place. It will also mean changes to how pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and buses move around that part of the city, with potential knock on impacts across the wider city centre.

During key route closures, motorists are advised to drive only if absolutely necessary and instead to walk, cycle or take the bus or train.

You can find out more about the programme, road closures and pedestrian routes via Liverpool City Council's website.

The information below is specifically in relation to Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November during which the closure of Byrom Street will necessitate the closure of the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel. 

In addition, Dale Street will be closed from Old Haymarket/Byrom Street to Crosshall Street from 1000 on Friday 11 October until 0500 on Wednesday 30 October.

Key advice:-

  • Consider your travel options. The closure of key city centre routes and/or lane closures on key routes is expected to cause congestion. Drive only if absolutely necessary and consider walking, cycling or taking the train or bus instead.
  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey, taking into account the impact of road diversions and engineering works on some rail lines. 

Mersey Tunnels

Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel

The Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed in both directions from 1900 on Monday 28 October to 0630 Tuesday October due to the Churchill Way flyover works. The tunnel will also be closed from 2300 until 0630 on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October, and from 2100 on Thursday 31 October until 0630 on Friday 1 November 2019 as part of the normal maintenance schedule​.

The Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will be open in both directions as usual. It will be significantly busier than usual and congestion, as a result of the works, is expected to affect both the approach to the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel, and exit from it, in Liverpool City Centre. 

To avoid traffic queuing in the tunnel for lengthy periods of time, vehicles may temporarily be held at the Wallasey toll plaza by Mersey Tunnels Police for safety management. Allow more time for your journey. 

You can find live journey times here.

Alternative travel options


Most bus users in Liverpool City Centre will be able to board at their usual stops, however some alighting stops may be different as some services will be travelling via a diverted route.

Some bus stops on Scotland Road and St Anne Street/Great Homer will be affected, with Cross-river services (432/433) rerouted through the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel, Southport/310 services diverted via Great Homer Street and service 26/27 diverted via Scotland Road and Tithebarn Street. 

There is the potential for delays on all services as a result of congestion in the city centre, which may result in the curtailment of journeys. Leave extra time for your journey. 

Details on bus diversions can be found here. Any changes that need to be made on the day in response to road conditions can be found in our Travel Alerts section or on Twitter @Merseytravel



The Merseyrail network is a good alternative to the car, especially cross-river. It serves Liverpool City Centre, Wirral, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby, Hunts Cross and Liverpool South Parkway (for Liverpool John Lennon Airport) with mainline rail interchanges at Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway.​

Park and ride is available at a number of stations. You can find out more he​re​.

Note: engineering works to get the network ready for a new fleet of trains from 2020, will mean changes to some services, but you will still be able to get where you want to go.

  • Green Lane will not be served by Chester and Ellesmere Port bound services
  • Rail replacement buses will be in operation between Birkenhead Central and Chester/Ellesmere Port, calling at all stations (Sunday 13 October)
  • Rail replacement buses will run between Chester and Hooton, calling at all stations. Chester line trains will run as far as Bache until approximately 19.30, after which all trains will start and terminate at Hooton (14-19 October)

You can find out more about changes to services here.

Other rail services

Northern and other mainline rail services across the Liverpool City Region and beyond are expected to run to a normal timetable. Travellers should check National Rail Enquiries for the most up to date information.


Mersey Ferries

If you live in Wirral, the Mersey Ferries are an alternative to get to and from Liverpool. 370 free car parking spaces are available at Seacombe.

The timetabled River Explorer Cruises will run 1000-1800 on both Saturday and Sunday. One way Cross-river only tickets are available.

You can see the full timetable here.

Keep up to date on Twitter @lpoolcouncil and @merseytravel