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High winds causing travel problems in Wirral
1:53pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
High winds are causing travel problems in Wirral.
A tree has blown down at Brimstage Avenue in Birkenhead and partially blocked Borough Road.
Trains were suspended for an hour between Hoylake and West Kirby at around 11am today when a tree was blown onto the line.
Replacement buses were laid on after a tree fell onto the line at Eastham Rake towards Hooton.
Wirral Council highway contractors are also dealing with incidents at Kings Road, Bebington; Pulford Road, Bebington and Frankby Road, Frankby
The Highways Agency said the wind is gusting up to 65mph.
As this will be a cross-wind on many major routes, it could cause problems for drivers of vulnerable vehicles such as motorcycles and high-sided vehicles or those towing caravans.
The Agency has issued an amber alert for motorways and major A-roads in the North West , Yorkshire and the Humber, North East, East/South East, East Midlands and West Midlands regions.
The strong winds are creating hazardous conditions on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct between J20 A50 and B5158 Lymm Interchange and J21A M62 at the Croft Interchange. Matrix signs are set to 50 mph.
Up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling the information line 0300 123 5000.
Local traffic information is also available on Twitter by following one of eight regional channels – http://bit.ly/HAtwir