Trunk road connecting Hoylake to West Kirby will be closed for two weeks

Wirral Globe: The recommended diversion route - approximately 7.2 miles long. The recommended diversion route - approximately 7.2 miles long.

THE main road connecting Hoylake to West Kirby is to be closed for two weeks.

The emergency measure will begin this Tuesday to allow urgent repairs to a collapsed sewer drain.

The Drive will be shut from the roundabout at Kings Gap in Hoylake to its junction with Morpeth Road.

Through traffic will be diverted via Black Horse Hill, Frankby Road, Pump Lane, Heron Road and vice versa.

More than 129 diversion signs will be set up.

The diversion route is approximately seven miles long -  about 17 minutes' travel time.

The repairs follow detection of large depressions in the carriageway.

It is not possible to carry out the work one lane at a time as the sewer runs beneath the centre of the road.

Wirral Globe:

A statement from Wirral Council said: "For road safety reasons and due to the nature of works involved it will be necessary to install an emergency road closure to enable the contractor to carry out essential operations and ensure a safe working area is maintained.

"United Utilities have been instructed to complete this urgent work at the earliest opportunity to avoid any conflict with preparations for the Open Golf Championship event."

The work will be carried out seven days a week during Wirral schools' Easter break, and several measures have been undertaken to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Polly Rourke, from United Utilities, said: “We’re really sorry to have to do this, but we need to fix a sewer under the A540 Meols Drive and at 3.5m deep there’s no way of doing it safely without temporarily closing the road.

“Work starts after rush-hour tomorrow (Tuesday, April 15) and will take a maximum of 14 days.

“But if all goes to plan, and by working through weekends, we hope to be able to dramatically reduce this.

“It’s important that we do this now because it will prevent worse problems happening in the future.”

Advanced information boards have been set up to pre-warn drivers of emergency works.

Consultation has been carried out with Merseyside Police and other emergency services.

Paul Murphy, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's Wirral district manager, said: “We are aware of the road closure. We do not expect that this will affect our ability to respond to emergencies.”

The council apologised in advance for any inconvenience and said it will "endeavour to keep  disruption to a minimum."

Ms Rourke added: "We hope people will bear with us. There are things people can do to help us keep their sewers healthy. 

"Fat, oil and grease set solid like concrete when they hit the cold of a sewer and are a major source of sewer blockages and even flooding.

"Always put them in the bin and never put them down the sink.”

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12:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

JimmyMercury says...

Between Untied Utilities and our beloved Council, Wirral is now officially closed.
Between Untied Utilities and our beloved Council, Wirral is now officially closed. JimmyMercury
  • Score: 9

12:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bigfoot says...

And National Grid!
And National Grid! bigfoot
  • Score: 6

2:58pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

But they have left a way to escape from the Wirral,all those potholes.
But they have left a way to escape from the Wirral,all those potholes. ballacrain
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

dennis dart says...

Because it is in the posh end and the golf it takes 2 weeks, Leasowe Rd takes 10 weeks.
Because it is in the posh end and the golf it takes 2 weeks, Leasowe Rd takes 10 weeks. dennis dart
  • Score: 6

4:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

access will still be available to cyclists and people who walk, along with a relaible train service.There is also the one way part of the promenade at hoylake to use.
access will still be available to cyclists and people who walk, along with a relaible train service.There is also the one way part of the promenade at hoylake to use. steady cyclist
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

JohnON says...

"There is also the one way part of the promenade at hoylake to use"

Isn't that the wrong side of the Kings Gap roundabout?

There is Saughall Massie Road through to West Kirby as an alternative to Pump Lane/Heron Road.
"There is also the one way part of the promenade at hoylake to use" Isn't that the wrong side of the Kings Gap roundabout? There is Saughall Massie Road through to West Kirby as an alternative to Pump Lane/Heron Road. JohnON
  • Score: 8

11:43pm Mon 14 Apr 14

miscott says...

What is the matter with Drummond Road or does the road works cover the Morpeth Rd Meols Drive junction
What is the matter with Drummond Road or does the road works cover the Morpeth Rd Meols Drive junction miscott
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

V8Dave says...

miscott wrote:
What is the matter with Drummond Road or does the road works cover the Morpeth Rd Meols Drive junction
Whats wrong with Drummond Road is the hilarity we have right now (5:15pm Tue) where drivers in both directions are trying to use a road where only a single lane is passable.

There is some serious road rage out there right now!
[quote][p][bold]miscott[/bold] wrote: What is the matter with Drummond Road or does the road works cover the Morpeth Rd Meols Drive junction[/p][/quote]Whats wrong with Drummond Road is the hilarity we have right now (5:15pm Tue) where drivers in both directions are trying to use a road where only a single lane is passable. There is some serious road rage out there right now! V8Dave
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Tue 15 Apr 14

roselinda says...

If you need to use a bus - then it is tough luck. From Hoylake to Heron Road Meols there is only an hourly 138 which terminates at the at the Railway Inn.
The train is indeed reliable, but is not very close or accessible for people with poor mobility, and it doesn't link easily with other centres at some destinations - eg Moreton, Leasowe. How would someone get from Hoylake to Bermuda Road Moreton for example? Why did the 83 not continue to go through Meols to Hoylake roundabout and turn round there? There are other services linking West Kirby to the rest of Wirral that do not use Meols Drive.
If you need to use a bus - then it is tough luck. From Hoylake to Heron Road Meols there is only an hourly 138 which terminates at the at the Railway Inn. The train is indeed reliable, but is not very close or accessible for people with poor mobility, and it doesn't link easily with other centres at some destinations - eg Moreton, Leasowe. How would someone get from Hoylake to Bermuda Road Moreton for example? Why did the 83 not continue to go through Meols to Hoylake roundabout and turn round there? There are other services linking West Kirby to the rest of Wirral that do not use Meols Drive. roselinda
  • Score: 1

3:34am Wed 16 Apr 14

miscott says...

V8Dave makes a good point, however my comments were on the basis of cooperation between residents (nil street parking) and Local Authority. Maybe too much to ask for such consideration!
V8Dave makes a good point, however my comments were on the basis of cooperation between residents (nil street parking) and Local Authority. Maybe too much to ask for such consideration! miscott
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Wed 16 Apr 14

V8Dave says...

Nice to see the kids are safe on Meols Drive ;) http://twitpic.com/e
1b7yw
Nice to see the kids are safe on Meols Drive ;) http://twitpic.com/e 1b7yw V8Dave
  • Score: 1

10:11am Fri 18 Apr 14

mazzak says...

Getting really annoyed at everyone driving along Drummond Road because of the Meols Drive road closure. I saw a truck with trailer take out one of the cones leaving it in the middle of the road, and the speed these people are driving is insane. I understand the need to carry out the works, but the disruption and safety on Drummond is being severely compromised!!!!!
Getting really annoyed at everyone driving along Drummond Road because of the Meols Drive road closure. I saw a truck with trailer take out one of the cones leaving it in the middle of the road, and the speed these people are driving is insane. I understand the need to carry out the works, but the disruption and safety on Drummond is being severely compromised!!!!! mazzak
  • Score: -1

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