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Use public transport for Giants weekend – urges Mayor

The Mayor of Liverpool has thanked motorists for their patience travelling around the city centre following the closure of a major road.

Churchill Way flyovers, which run directly behind the city’s museums and galleries in William Brown Street, closed in both directions last Friday for at least six months after a routine inspection discovered several design flaws and concluded further investigation works needed to be done.

No major diversion issues have so far arisen but this weekend will also see phased closures of The Strand – the main waterfront road in the city centre- on Friday (3pm-8pm), Saturday (8am-6pm) and Sunday (6am-7pm), as Liverpool hosts a major street theatre spectacle featuring three giants.

In anticipation of the event, the Mayor is urging visitors and residents to use public transport when coming to the city centre.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “I’d like to thank drivers and road users in the city for working with us and finding alternative routes.

“We’ve been changing the traffic lights in the area to accommodate changes in traffic and we’re rescheduling roadworks in nearby areas to ease congestion.

“I can assure people that we didn’t take the decision to close the flyovers lightly. As soon as I was briefed on the technical challenges and the concerns of independent structural engineers last week, I had no choice but to act.

“Although were told there’s no imminent risk of collapse, or anything like that, the only responsible course of action was to immediately shut both north and south flyovers and let the structural engineers carry out the survey work they need to do in order to tell us whether the flyovers are still viable. This is going to take about six months.

“In the meantime we have The Giants this weekend, which will clearly place added burdens on the city centre roads network. My plea is that, wherever people can, use public transport instead.

“If you have to travel in by car be prepared for long delays and plan your day accordingly.”

The diversion routes for the Churchill Way flyovers are:

  • North Flyover – Traffic on Tithebarn Street are directed to take a left on Vauxhall Road then right on to Leeds Street, then right on to Byrom Street and up Hunter Street to the junction with St Anne Street and into the city centre.
  • South Flyover – Traffic on Lime Street are directed to continue onto Commutation Row then left onto Islington, down on to Hunter Street then left onto Byrom Street into the city centre – where they can access lower Dale Street from the tunnel roundabout. Equally traffic on Hunter Street can continue north on the A59 and then take a left at Leeds Street to access the waterfront.
  • The bus lane on St Johns Lane heading up to Lime Street station is suspended.

For more travel information about the giants weekend (Liverpool’s Dream) please visit www.giantspectacular.com