THE Birkenhead tunnel will be partially closed again this weekend as the Churchill Way flyover demolition enters a key new phase.

Drivers will not be able to travel to Liverpool through the tunnel due to the removal of a 70-foot long concrete section which sits 50 feet above Byrom Street.

The Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel will close for Liverpool-bound traffic from 7pm on Friday, October 11 until 6am on Monday, October 14.

Before the tunnel reopens, contractors for Liverpool City Council will remove the 70-foot long span before cutting it into smaller sections at the site compound before it will be transported to be crushed in north Liverpool.

The pedestrian crossing at Byrom Street under the southern flyover will also be closed to the public from Friday for two weeks until Friday, October 25.

Wirral-bound traffic will be able to use the tunnel as normal but the Wallasey (Kingsway) Tunnel will be open as normal.

Motorists are being warned to expect delays if travelling in to the city and are being encouraged to use public transport and Merseytravel when possible.

Due to engineering works on the Merseyrail network on Sunday, October 13, a rail replacement bus services will be in operation between Birkenhead Central and Chester/Ellesmere Port.