THE Queensway Tunnel in Birkenhead will be closed completely for one weekend next month while essential maintenance work takes place.

It will be closed from 9pm on Friday, November 11 until 6.30am on Monday, November 14.

The work involves replacing the drainage systems which are situated at both the Liverpool and Birkenhead tunnel entrances.

The drainage systems run across all four lanes which is why the tunnel needs to be closed.

Drivers are advised to use the Kingsway Tunnel in Wallasey. 

Tony Killen, head of asset management for Merseytravel said: "This work needs to be done and unfortunately it cannot be completed without a full closure of the tunnel.

"However, we have carefully considered the timing in of this and we chose this weekend as it would be quieter in terms of no local football matches or major events, minimising disruption for our customers.

"In addition we need to get it done before we get into the Christmas shopping period and before the Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal works so we can help keep the city region moving.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate tunnel-users co-operation during these essential works."