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 Churchill Way Flyovers

Travel information and advice for Churchill Way Flyovers dismantling works 20-23 September

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 Friday 20 September to Monday 23 September which the closure of Byrom Street will necessitate the partial closure of the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel - Birkenhead to Liverpool direction only. 

A lane closure of Byrom Street northbound from Monday 23 September to Monday 14 October is likely to impact exit from the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel into Liverpool City Centre during this period.

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 to general Liverpool-bound traffic from 1900 on Friday 20 September to 0600 Monday 23 September 2019. This will include closure of the dock branch exit onto The Strand in Liverpool. 

The Tunnel will remain open as usual for traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead.

Buses and emergency services vehicles will still be able to travel in both directions via controlled and monitored access.

Should the road closures to facilitate the Churchill Way flyover works lift earlier than scheduled, the tunnel will also re-open earlier than scheduled. 

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. If you are heading to Goodison Park for Everton’s fixture with Sheffield United on Saturday 21 September (1500 kick off), allow more time for your journey.

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. 

A lane closure of Byrom Street northbound from Monday 23 September to Monday 14 October is likely to cause congestion and impact exit from the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel into Liverpool City Centre. We suggest motorists consider using the Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel during this period.​

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. 

On Saturday, services 919 to Goodison Park will pick up and drop off from Lime Street, outside St Georges Plateau.​

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.

To mark Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September, up to four children aged 15 and under can travel for free with every paying adult on the Merseyrail network.

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 over the weekend 6-9 September and beyond, 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 (8-20 September)
  • From Monday 23 September until Sunday 29 September, rail replacement buses will run between West Kirby and Hoylake stations

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