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CLOSURES
(this page revised 25 February 2007, with preamble changed 16 April 2008)

Below is a list of all the closures that we reported on the website. It was not necessarily a comprehensive list of all the closures and did not include the regular daytime closures of one of the two tubes in the Wallasey tunnel. In any case we stopped reporting closures after March 2007. When these closures started, the reason that was given was the construction of the "refuges", but though the "refuges" were completed in November 2005, the Birkenhead tunnel closures have continued.


2007
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 5 March       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 6 March 2007
    21.00 Tuesday 6 March       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 7 March 2007
    21.00 Wednesday 7 March  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 8 March 2007
    21.00 Thursday 8 March      ...to... 06.30 Friday 9 March 2007
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 26 February       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 27 February 2007
    21.00 Tuesday 27 February       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 28 February 2007
    21.00 Wednesday 28 February  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 1 March 2007
    21.00 Thursday 1 March            ...to... 06.30 Friday 2 March 2007
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 15 January       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 16 January 2007
    21.00 Tuesday 16 January       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 17 January 2007
    21.00 Wednesday 17 January  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 18 January 2007
    21.00 Thursday 18 January     ...to... 06.30 Friday 19 January 2007
    The Birkenhead Tunnel is also closed to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 22 January       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 23 January 2007
    21.00 Tuesday 23 January       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 24 January 2007
    21.00 Wednesday 24 January  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 25 January 2007
    21.00 Thursday 25 January     ...to... 06.30 Friday 26 January 2007

    2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 11 December      ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 12 December 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 12 December      ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 13 December 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 13 December ...to... 06.30 Thursday 14 December 2006
    21.00 Thursday 14 December    ...to... 06.30 Friday 15 December 2006
    The Birkenhead Tunnel is also closed to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 18 December      ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 19 December 2006
    22.00 Tuesday 19 December      ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 20 December 2006
    22.00 Wednesday 20 December ...to... 06.30 Thursday 21 December 2006
    22.00 Thursday 21 December    ...to... 06.30 Friday 22 December 2006
    The Birkenhead Tunnel is also completely closed to all traffic from 22.00 on 24 December until 06.30 on 26 December. The Wallasey tunnel will be open as usual.

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 6 November      ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 7 November 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 7 November      ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 8 November 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 8 November ...to... 06.30 Thursday 9 November 2006
    21.00 Thursday 9 November    ...to... 06.30 Friday 10 November 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 30 October       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 31 October 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 31 October       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 1 November 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 1 November ...to... 06.30 Thursday 2 November 2006
    21.00 Thursday 2 November    ...to... 06.30 Friday 3 November 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 25 September       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 26 September 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 26 September       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 27 September 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 27 September  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 28 September 2006
    21.00 Thursday 28 September     ...to... 06.30 Friday 29 September 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 18 September       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 19 September 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 19 September       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 20 September 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 20 September  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 21 September 2006
    21.00 Thursday 21 September     ...to... 06.30 Friday 22 September 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing the outside lanes of Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling both ways (cars can use the inside lanes but buses will be diverted through Wallasey) over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 4 September       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 5 September 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 5 September       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 6 September 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 6 September  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 7 September 2006
    21.00 Thursday 7 September     ...to... 06.30 Friday 8 September 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 14 August       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 15 August 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 15 August       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 16 August 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 16 August  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 17 August 2006
    21.00 Thursday 17 August     ...to... 06.30 Friday 18 August 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 7 August       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 8 August 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 8 August       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 9 August 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 9 August  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 10 August 2006
    21.00 Thursday 10 August   ...to... 06.30 Friday 11 August 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 3 July       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 4 July 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 4 July       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 5 July 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 5 July  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 6 July 2006
    21.00 Thursday 6 July     ...to... 06.30 Friday 7 July 2006
  • Bike Race
    There are now more details of closures on Sunday 2nd July for a bike race:-
    Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed from about 7 AM to 10.30 AM (Merseytravel have issued another version of their noitice which says closure is till 9.30 AM, but it would be safer to assume the later time).
    One tube of the Wallasey Tunnel will also be closed from about 11 AM to 3.30 PM, the other Wallasey Tunnel tube will have contra flow.

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 26 June       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 27 June 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 27 June       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 28 June 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 28 June  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 29 June 2006
    21.00 Thursday 29 June     ...to... 06.30 Friday 30 June 2006
  • Merseytravel have made no announcement yet but it seems that there will be closures on Sunday 2nd July. Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed from about 9 AM to 10.30 AM. Wallasey Tunnel will be closed from about 11 AM to 1 PM.

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 15 May       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 16 May 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 16 May       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 17 May 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 17 May  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 18 May 2006
    21.00 Thursday 18 May     ...to... 06.30 Friday 19 May 2006
    Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 22 May       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 23 May 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 23 May       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 24 May 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 24 May  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 25 May 2006
    21.00 Thursday 25 May     ...to... 06.30 Friday 26 May 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 10 April       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 11 April 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 11 April       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 12 April 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 12 April  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 13 April 2006
    21.00 Thursday 13 April     ...to... 06.30 Friday 14 April 2006

    Tuesday 28 March 2006
    Complete Closure
    Today Merseytravel outdid themselves. Due to strike action, both tunnels were closed to all but emergency vehicles from 11.30 PM on Monday to 00.30 AM on Wednesday. See main news page for more details.

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 3 April       ...to... 06.30 Tuesday 4 April 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 4 April       ...to... 06.30 Wednesday 5 April 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 5 April  ...to... 06.30 Thursday 6 April 2006
    21.00 Thursday 6 April     ...to... 06.30 Friday 7 April 2006
  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic for 2 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 20 March till 06.30 Tuesday 21 March 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 21 March till 06.30 Wednesday 22 March 2006
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 20 February      till 06.30 Tuesday 21 February 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 21 February      till 06.30 Wednesday 22 February 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 22 February till 06.30 Thursday 23 February 2006
    21.00 Thursday 23 February     till 06.30 Friday 24 February 2006
    Merseytravel are also closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 27 February   till 06.30 Tuesday 28 February 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 28 February   till 06.30 Wednesday 1 March 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 1 March    till 06.30 Thursday 2 March 2006
    21.00 Thursday 2 March       till 06.30 Friday 3 March 2006

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 23 January      till 06.30 Tuesday 24 January 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 24 January      till 06.30 Wednesday 25 January 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 25 January till 06.30 Thursday 26 January 2006
    21.00 Thursday 26 January     till 06.30 Friday 27 January 2006

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 3 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 16 January      till 06.30 Tuesday 17 January 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 17 January      till 06.30 Wednesday 18 January 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 18 January till 06.30 Thursday 19 January 2006
    THE NEXT NIGHT, THE BIRKENHEAD TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS:-
         21.00 Thursday 19 January     till 06.30 Friday 20 January 2006


    2005
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 9 January        till 06.30 Tuesday 10 January 2006
    21.00 Tuesday 10 January      till 06.30 Wednesday 11 January 2006
    21.00 Wednesday 11 January till 06.30 Thursday 12 January 2006
    21.00 Thursday 12 January     till 06.30 Friday 13 January 2006

  • Xmas Day
    Merseytravel as usual are completely closing the Birkenhead Tunnel from 06.00 on 25 December until 06.00 26 December 2005.


  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic for 1 night. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    21.00 Wednesday 14 December till ... 06.30 Thursday 15 December 2005
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 5 December      till 06.30 Tuesday 6 December 2005
    21.00 Tuesday 6 December      till 06.30 Wednesday 7 December 2005
    21.00 Wednesday 7 December till 06.30 Thursday 8 December 2005
    21.00 Thursday 8 December       till 06.30 Friday 9 December 2005

  • We thought that they were finished but Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    22.00 Monday 28 November      till 06.30 Tuesday 29 November 2005
    21.00 Tuesday 29 November      till 06.30 Wednesday 30 November 2005
    21.00 Wednesday 30 November till 06.30 Thursday 1 December 2005
    21.00 Thursday 1 December       till 06.30 Friday 2 December 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 31 October        till 06.30 Tuesday 1 November 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 1 November       till 06.30 Wednesday 2 November 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 2 November  till 06.30 Thursday 3 November 2005
    19.30 Thursday 3 November      till 06.30 Friday 4 November 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 4 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 24 October       till 06.30 Tuesday 25 October 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 25 October       till 06.30 Wednesday 26 October 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 26 October  till 06.30 Thursday 27 October 2005
    19.30 Thursday 27 October      till 06.30 Friday 28 October 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic for 1 night. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 10 October till ... 06.30 Tuesday 11 October 2005
  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic for 1 night. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 3 October till ... 06.30 Tuesday 4 October 2005
  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 26 September        till 06.30 Tuesday 27 September 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 27 September        till 06.30 Wednesday 28 September 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 28 September   till 06.30 Thursday 29 September 2005
    19.30 Thursday 29 September       till 06.30 Friday 30 September 2005
    19.30 Friday 30 September           till 06.30 Saturday 1 October 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 19 September        till 06.30 Tuesday 20 September 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 20 September        till 06.30 Wednesday 21 September 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 21 September   till 06.30 Thursday 22 September 2005
    19.30 Thursday 22 September       till 06.30 Friday 23 September 2005
    19.30 Friday 23 September           till 06.30 Saturday 24 September 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 12 September        till 06.30 Tuesday 13 September 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 13 September        till 06.30 Wednesday 14 September 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 14 September   till 06.30 Thursday 15 September 2005
    19.30 Thursday 15 September       till 06.30 Friday 16 September 2005
    19.30 Friday 16 September           till 06.30 Saturday 17 September 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 22 August        till 06.30 Tuesday 23 August 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 23 August        till 06.30 Wednesday 24 August 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 24 August   till 06.30 Thursday 25 August 2005
    19.30 Thursday 25 August       till 06.30 Friday 26 August 2005
    19.30 Friday 26 August           till 06.30 Saturday 27 August 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 15 August        till 06.30 Tuesday 16 August 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 16 August        till 06.30 Wednesday 17 August 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 17 August   till 06.30 Thursday 18 August 2005
    19.30 Thursday 18 August       till 06.30 Friday 19 August 2005
    19.30 Friday 19 August           till 06.30 Saturday 20 August 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 8 August         till 06.30 Tuesday 9 August 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 9 August         till 06.30 Wednesday 10 August 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 10 August  till 06.30 Thursday 11 August 2005
    19.30 Thursday 11 August      till 06.30 Friday 12 August 2005
    19.30 Friday 12 August          till 06.30 Saturday 13 August 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following 4 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 25 July       till 06.30 Tuesday 26 July 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 26 July       till 06.30 Wednesday 27 July 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 27 July  till 06.30 Thursday 28 July 2005
    21.30 Thursday 28 July      till 06.30 Friday 29 July 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following 4 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 18 July       till 06.30 Tuesday 19 July 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 19 July       till 06.30 Wednesday 20 July 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 20 July  till 06.30 Thursday 21 July 2005
    21.30 Thursday 21 July      till 06.30 Friday 22 July 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 11 July       till 06.30 Tuesday 12 July 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 12 July       till 06.30 Wednesday 13 July 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 13 July  till 06.30 Thursday 14 July 2005
    19.30 Thursday 14 July      till 06.30 Friday 15 July 2005
    19.30 Friday 15 July          till 06.30 Saturday 16 July 2005

  • 1. On Sunday morning 3 July 2005, Birkenhead Tunnel closed to traffic travelling in BOTH directions from 07.45 till 10.30 due to a bike ride.

    2. Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 4 July       till 06.30 Tuesday 5 July 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 5 July       till 06.30 Wednesday 6 July 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 6 July  till 06.30 Thursday 7 July 2005
    19.30 Thursday 7 July      till 06.30 Friday 8 July 2005
    19.30 Friday 8 July          till 06.30 Saturday 9 July 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 27 June       till 06.30 Tuesday 28 June 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 28 June       till 06.30 Wednesday 29 June 2005
    star19.30 Wednesday 29 June  till 06.30 Thursday 30 June 2005 .... Wednesday night the Tunnel is closed in both directions. star
    19.30 Thursday 30 June      till 06.30 Friday 1 July 2005
    19.30 Friday 1 July             till 06.30 Saturday 2 July 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following 4 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 20 June       till 06.30 Tuesday 21 June 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 21 June       till 06.30 Wednesday 22 June 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 22 June  till 06.30 Thursday 23 June 2005
    21.30 Thursday 23 June      till 06.30 Friday 24 June 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following 4 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 13 June       till 06.30 Tuesday 14 June 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 14 June       till 06.30 Wednesday 15 June 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 15 June  till 06.30 Thursday 16 June 2005
    21.30 Thursday 16 June      till 06.30 Friday 17 June 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    19.30 Tuesday 31 May     till 06.30 Wednesday 1 June 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 1 June  till 06.30 Thursday 2 June 2005
    19.30 Thursday 2 June      till 06.30 Friday 3 June 2005
    19.30 Friday 3 June          till 06.30 Saturday 4 June 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 23 May       till 06.30 Tuesday 24 May 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 24 May       till 06.30 Wednesday 25 May 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 25 May  till 06.30 Thursday 26 May 2005
    19.30 Thursday 26 May      till 06.30 Friday 27 May 2005
    19.30 Friday 27 May          till 06.30 Saturday 28 May 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 16 May       till 06.30 Tuesday 17 May 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 17 May       till 06.30 Wednesday 18 May 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 18 May  till 06.30 Thursday 19 May 2005
    19.30 Thursday 19 May      till 06.30 Friday 20 May 2005
    19.30 Friday 20 May          till 06.30 Saturday 21 May 2005

    26 April 2005
    Wallasey Tunnel closures etc
    Many members are complaining about the every day closures of one of the Wallasey tubes. This is the main cause of the congestion in the evening peak, as by the time Merseytravel reopen it, the Tunnel is already clogged. We wonder what the reason for these closures is. On the 25th March, there was a letter in the Liverpool Echo, asking "Will Merseytravel give a full answer to this question, or will we be left to guess what the reasons are?" It appears we have to guess, so please email us with your ideas .
    Some members are also reporting that there appears to be an increase in the number of HGVs using the tunnels since Merseytravel reduced their tolls. It may already be causing increased damage to the road surface.


  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following 4 nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 25 April       till 06.30 Tuesday 26 April 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 26 April       till 06.30 Wednesday 27 April 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 27 April  till 06.30 Thursday 28 April 2005
    21.30 Thursday 28 April      till 06.30 Friday 29 April 2005
    More Closures - 2
    There is to be a complete closure of the Birkenhead tunnel from 19.30 on Friday 29th to 06.30 on Tuesday 3 May.
    This includes the May Day bank holiday, but even so there will be a lot of disruption.


  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 18 April       till 06.30 Tuesday 19 April 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 19 April       till 06.30 Wednesday 20 April 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 20 April  till 06.30 Thursday 21 April 2005
    19.30 Thursday 21 April      till 06.30 Friday 22 April 2005
    19.30 Friday 22 April          till 06.30 Saturday 23 April 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 11 April       till 06.30 Tuesday 12 April 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 12 April       till 06.30 Wednesday 13 April 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 13 April  till 06.30 Thursday 14 April 2005
    19.30 Thursday 14 April      till 06.30 Friday 15 April 2005
    19.30 Friday 15 April          till 06.30 Saturday 16 April 2005

    25 March 2005
    Wallasey Tunnel Mystery
    Last night's Liverpool Echo had this letter from a reader in Liverpool 14:-
    "CAN someone please explain to me why one of the Wallasey tunnels seems to be closed every day?
    The congestion this causes on the Wallasey side is ridiculous.
    If it is due to maintenance work or cleaning then why can't this be done at night when the traffic is lighter?
    With increased tunnel charges soon coming into effect, is it too unreasonable to expect a reliable free-moving passage through?"

    The MTUA are as puzzled as the Echo reader. The daytime closure of one of the Wallasey tubes seems to cause a gradual build up of traffic on both sides of the river. It is probably the main cause of the congestion in the evening peak period.
    This daytime closure does not seem to be a regular feature of other bridges and tunnels. Will Merseytravel give a full answer to this question, or will we be left to guess what the reasons are?


  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 4 April       till 06.30 Tuesday 5 April 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 5 April       till 06.30 Wednesday 6 April 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 6 April  till 06.30 Thursday 7 April 2005
    21.30 Thursday 7 April      till 06.30 Friday 8 April 2005
    21.30 Friday 8 April          till 06.30 Saturday 9 April 2005

  • Merseytravel again say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    22.00 Monday 21 March       till 06.30 Tuesday 22 March 2005
    21.30 Tuesday 22 March       till 06.30 Wednesday 23 March 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 23 March  till 06.30 Thursday 24 March 2005
    21.30 Thursday 24 March      till 06.30 Friday 25 March 2005

    21.30 Tuesday 29 March       till 06.30 Wednesday 30 March 2005
    21.30 Wednesday 30 March  till 06.30 Thursday 31 March 2005
    21.30 Thursday 31 March      till 06.30 Friday 1 April 2005

  • Merseytravel are closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following 4 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 7 March       till 06.30 Tuesday 8 March 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 8 March       till 06.30 Wednesday 9 March 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 9 March  till 06.30 Thursday 10 March 2005
    19.30 Thursday 10 March    till 06.30 Friday 11 March 2005
    and travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following 5 nights:-
    19.30 Monday 14 March       till 06.30 Tuesday 15 March 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 15 March       till 06.30 Wednesday 16 March 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 16 March  till 06.30 Thursday 17 March 2005
    19.30 Thursday 17 March      till 06.30 Friday 18 March 2005
    19.30 Friday 18 March          till 06.30 Saturday 19 March 2005

  • Having had a phase of central lane closures, Merseytravel are back to closing Birkenhead Tunnel to all traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 28 February   till 06.30 Tuesday 1 March 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 1 March         till 06.30 Wednesday 2 March 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 2 March    till 06.30 Thursday 3 March 2005
    19.30 Thursday 3 March        till 06.30 Friday 4 March 2005
    19.30 Friday 4 March            till 06.30 Saturday 5 March 2005
    More Not Quite Closures
    Merseytravel again say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    23.00 Monday 21 February        till 06.30 Tuesday 22 February 2005
    23.00 Tuesday 22 February        till 06.30 Wednesday 23 February 2005
    23.00 Wednesday 23 February   till 06.30 Thursday 24 February 2005
    23.00 Thursday 24 February       till 06.30 Friday 25 February 2005

  • Merseytravel again say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    23.00 Monday 14 February        till 06.30 Tuesday 15 February 2005
    23.00 Tuesday 15 February        till 06.30 Wednesday 16 February 2005
    23.00 Wednesday 16 February   till 06.30 Thursday 17 February 2005
    23.00 Thursday 17 February       till 06.30 Friday 18 February 2005

  • Merseytravel say that the central 2 lanes of the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic over the following nights. This will mean that buses are diverted through the Wallasey Tunnel and there may be some effect on other traffic:-
    23.00 Monday 7 February        till 06.30 Tuesday 9 February 2005
    23.00 Tuesday 8 February        till 06.30 Wednesday 9 February 2005
    23.00 Wednesday 9 February   till 06.30 Thursday 10 February 2005
    23.00 Thursday 10 February     till 06.30 Friday 11 February 2005

  • Merseytravel say that due to the famous "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 31 January        till 06.30 Tuesday 1 February 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 1 February        till 06.30 Wednesday 2 February 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 2 February   till 06.30 Thursday 3 February 2005
    19.30 Thursday 3 February       till 06.30 Friday 4 February 2005
    19.30 Friday 4 February           till 06.30 Saturday 5 February 2005

  • Merseytravel say that due to the famous "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 17 January        till 06.30 Tuesday 18 January 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 18 January        till 06.30 Wednesday 19 January 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 19 January   till 06.30 Thursday 20 January 2005
    19.30 Thursday 20 January       till 06.30 Friday 21 January 2005
    19.30 Friday 21 January           till 06.30 Saturday 22 January 2005
    After a rest there will be more closures of the Birkenhead Tunnel the following week, this time travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following FOUR nights:-
    19.30 Monday 24 January        till 06.30 Tuesday 25 January 2005
    19.30 Tuesday 25 January        till 06.30 Wednesday 26 January 2005
    19.30 Wednesday 26 January   till 06.30 Thursday 27 January 2005
    19.30 Thursday 27 January       till 06.30 Friday 28 January 2005

  • In Birkenhead Tunnel, only 1 lane each way scheduled to be open from 11PM to 6.30AM over nights of Monday 10th to Friday 14th January.


    19 December 2004
    More closures inc Xmas Day
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 20 December        till 06.30 Tuesday 21 December 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 21 December        till 06.30 Wednesday 22 December 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 22 December   till 06.30 Thursday 23 December 2004
    19.30 Thursday 23 December       till 06.30 Friday 24 December 2004
    The Birkenhead Tunnel will be fully open Xmas Eve, but will be closed in both directions from 06.00 on 25 December until 06.00 26 December 2004.


    9 December 2004
    Oh no!
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 13 December        till 06.30 Tuesday 14 December 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 14 December        till 06.30 Wednesday 15 December 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 15 December   till 06.30 Thursday 16 December 2004
    19.30 Thursday 16 December       till 06.30 Friday 17 December 2004
    (This time there is no closure on the Friday night)
    We have been contacted about the inadequate signposting during the periods when the Birkenhead tunnel is closed. A recent example being after Liverpool's European victory on Wednesday night.


    3 December 2004
    More boring stuff
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 6 December        till 06.30 Tuesday 7 December 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 7 December        till 06.30 Wednesday 8 December 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 8 December   till 06.30 Thursday 9 December 2004
    19.30 Thursday 9 December       till 06.30 Friday 10 December 2004
    19.30 Friday 10 December         till 06.30 Saturday 11 December 2004

    5 November 2004
    Closures again , and back to 5 nights
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 8 November        till 06.30 Tuesday 9 November 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 9 November        till 06.30 Wednesday 10 November 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 10 November till 06.30 Thursday 11 November 2004
    19.30 Thursday 11 November     till 06.30 Friday 12 November 2004
    19.30 Friday 12 November         till 06.30 Saturday 13 November 2004

    29 October 2004
    Closed again , but this time only 4 nights!
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 1 November      till 06.30 Tuesday 2 November 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 2 November      till 06.30 Wednesday 3 November 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 3 November till 06.30 Thursday 4 November 2004
    19.30 Thursday 4 November     till 06.30 Friday 5 November 2004

    23 October 2004
    Closed again!
    This is definitely "boring" but Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 25 October      till 06.30 Tuesday 26 October 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 26 October      till 06.30 Wednesday 27 October 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 27 October till 06.30 Thursday 28 October 2004
    19.30 Thursday 28 October     till 06.30 Friday 29 October 2004
    19.30 Friday 29 October         till 06.30 Saturday 30 October 2004

    30 September 2004
    Closed again! This is getting "boring" but Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    (closures from 30 September to 4 October are shown further down under 22 September news item)
    19.30 Monday 11 October      till 06.30 Tuesday 12 October 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 12 October      till 06.30 Wednesday 13 October 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 13 October till 06.30 Thursday 14 October 2004
    19.30 Thursday 14 October     till 06.30 Friday 15 October 2004
    19.30 Friday 15 October         till 06.30 Saturday 16 October 2004

    22 September 2004
    Closed again! Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 27 September      till 06.30 Tuesday 28 September 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 28 September      till 06.30 Wednesday 29 September 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 29 September till 06.30 Thursday 30 September 2004
    19.30 Thursday 30 September     till 06.30 Friday 1 October 2004 !! DURING THIS PERIOD FROM THURSDAY NIGHT TO FRIDAY MORNING, THE LANES FROM BIRKENHEAD TO LIVERPOOL WILL ALSO BE CLOSED !!
    19.30 Friday 1 October               till 06.30 Saturday 2 October 2004
    21.00 Saturday 2 October           till 06.30 Sunday 3 October 2004
    21.00 Sunday 3 October             till 06.30 Monday 4 October 2004

    17 September 2004
    Merseytravel say that due to "maintenance work", the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed again to traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 20 September      till 06.30 Tuesday 21 September 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 21 September      till 06.30 Wednesday 22 September 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 22 September till 06.30 Thursday 23 September 2004
    19.30 Thursday 23 September     till 06.30 Friday 24 September 2004
    19.30 Friday 24 September         till 06.30 Saturday 25 September 2004
    21.00 Saturday 25 September      till 06.30 Sunday 26 September 2004
    21.00 Sunday 26 September        till 06.30 Monday 27 September 2004

    5 August 2004
    Deja vu?
    Merseytravel say that due to maintenance work, the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed again to traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 9 August       till 06.30 Tuesday 10 August 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 10 August      till 06.30 Wednesday 11 August 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 11 August till 06.30 Thursday 12 August 2004
    19.30 Thursday 12 August    till 06.30 Friday 13 August 2004
    19.30 Friday 13 August        till 06.30 Saturday 14 August 2004

    29 July 2004
    Merseytravel say that due to maintenance work, the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed again to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 2 August till 06.30 Tuesday 3 August 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 3 August till 06.30 Wednesday 4 August 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 4 August till 06.30 Thursday 5 August 2004
    19.30 Thursday 5 August till 06.30 Friday 6 August 2004
    19.30 Friday 6 August till 06.30 Saturday 7 August 2004


    24 June 2004
    Merseytravel say that due to maintenance work, the Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed again to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-
    19.30 Monday 28 June till 06.30 Tuesday 29 June 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 29 June till 06.30 Wednesday 30 June 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 30 June till 06.30 Thursday 1 July 2004
    19.30 Thursday 1 July till 06.30 Friday 2 July 2004
    19.30 Friday 2 July till 06.30 Saturday 3 July 2004

    15 May 2004
    Closures of the Birkenhead Tunnel have been a regular event.
    Birkenhead Tunnel is due to be closed to traffic travelling from Birkenhead to Liverpool over the following nights:-

    19.30 Monday 17 May till 06.30 Tuesday 18 May 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 18 May till 06.30 Wednesday 19 May 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 19 May till 06.30 Thursday 20 May 2004
    19.30 Thursday 20 May till 06.30 Friday 21 May 2004
    19.30 Friday 21 May till 06.30 Saturday 22 May 2004

    30 April 2004
    Some closures of the Birkenhead Tunnel have been announced. We assume that the closures are so that they can build bunkers under the road.
    1. Birkenhead Tunnel will be closed to ALL traffic from 19.30 on Friday 30 April till 06.30 on Tuesday 4 May 2004.

    2. Birkenhead Tunnel is also due to be closed to traffic travelling from Liverpool to Birkenhead over the following nights:-

    19.30 Monday 10 May till 06.30 Tuesday 11 May 2004
    19.30 Tuesday 11 May till 06.30 Wednesday 12 May 2004
    19.30 Wednesday 12 May till 06.30 Thursday 13 May 2004
    19.30 Thursday 13 May till 06.30 Friday 14 May 2004
    19.30 Friday 14 May till 06.30 Saturday 15 May 2004

    3.We expect that there will be more disruption in following weeks.

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