Bridge replacement begins

Bridge near West Kirby station structurally weakened
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Bridge Road in West Kirby will be shut until the end of April as work gets under way replacing a weak bridge.

The first phase of the project took place last year, when engineers installed a temporary structure to re-route essential services such as electricity, gas and water.

The latest closure – due to begin today – will also mean a large portion of the Concourse car park will be out of bounds.

Wirral Council has warned on social media that parking will be “limited” due to part of the site being used by Network Rail contractors.

Bridge Road one-way

The route was made one-way and a weight limit imposed back in February 2016 after concerns were raised during a routine inspection by Network Rail.

West Kirby Today revealed in 2018 that work on a replacement would not be carried out until the 2021-22 financial year.

The following bus routes are affected:

Route 22 will travel as normal from Chester to Orrysdale Road, then continue via Orrysdale Road to terminate at the turning circle (omitting Bridge Road and Grange Road). This service will return as normal from the turning circle on Orrysdale Road, near Bridge Road.

Routes 80 and 81 will travel as normal to Orrysdale Road, then terminate at the turning circle (omitting Bridge Road and Grange Road). This service will return from the turning circle on Orrysdale Road, near Bridge Road, via Orrysdale Road, Grange Road, then as normal (omitting a section of Grange Road).

Route 437 will travel as normal from Liverpool as normal to Orrysdale Road, then continue via Orrysdale Road to terminate at the turning circle (omitting Bridge Road and Grange Road). This service will return as normal from the turning circle on Orrysdale Road, near Bridge Road.

One way: Drivers will only be able to drive west over the bridge for next 18 months
How the bridge looked before it was made one-way

It has not yet been announced when train services will be affected by the work.

In 2018, the council’s then Cabinet member for highways, Cllr Stuart Whittingham, said the local authority would look at reinstating two-way traffic “at the earliest opportunity” following completion of the work.

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