– Safety at Mersey Tunnels is paramount
– Move will increase safety both on the bridges and the roads below
– Fencing will act as a barrier to anti-social behaviour
It follows a pilot scheme of safety fencing installed last year at two bridges on the Wirral and Liverpool approach roads to the Kingsway Tunnel.
The 2.4M high new fences will help make things safer for tunnel users, local residents and Mersey Tunnels staff. They’ll also act as a barrier to anti-social behaviour on the bridges.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has worked with Wirral Borough Council, whose highways team supported the project, to deliver the scheme as part of an ongoing safety improvement strategy.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder said:
“With 70,000 journeys a day, keeping the Mersey Tunnels safe is paramount. Our tunnels are among the safest in Europe but any measures that improve safety, reduce risk and offer reassurance are welcomed.
“This really is a broad road safety initiative which will help address quite a few areas. Any work that improves safety and offers reassurance has got to be a good thing.”