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Work is starting to widen parts of the Wirral Way between West Kirby and Heswall.

It will see improvements to the following sections:

• Sandy Lane Bridge to York Avenue Footpath (West Kirby)

• Simons Bridge to Dawpool Nature Reserve access (Caldy/Thurstaston)

• Delavor Road Bridge to Davenport Road (Lower Heswall)

The parts of the popular walking and cycling route chosen are among the narrowest, and Wirral Council says the scheme is designed to give users more room.

The work is expected to be completed by spring.
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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.

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.

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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