MT 118/215

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Mersey Tunnel relief flyovers: elevated highway in area of Mersey Tunnel

Date range1964-1971
LocationNational Archives (see all files stored here)
CatalogueSee entry
File baseSeries MT, subseries MT 118


In the late 1960s the Birkenhead (Queensway) tunnel was increasingly congested as the only practical route between Liverpool and the Wirral. The tunnel capacity was sufficient but the road network receiving its traffic at each end was considered inadequate.

This scheme ran parallel to the one described in MT 118/261, and shows proposals for remodelling the approach road and installing flyovers to allow east-west traffic to avoid conflicting with tunnel traffic.

Only parts of the scheme were built, but the two flyovers shown in this file are clearly the Churchill Way Flyovers, opened in the early 1970s.

Contents of note

  • Detailed plans of proposals for the tunnel mouth and surrounding area. Intriguingly, these show toll booths at the tunnel mouth, which must have been scrapped when all toll facilities were moved to Birkenhead.

Links to other files

MT 118/261 Birkenhead Mersey Tunnel approaches , A41 : tenders for contract No 1 ; viaducts , underpass , traffic marshalling areas, street works and railway tunnel improvement works (1966-1970)

People with camera copies

Chris Marshall has a partial copy, including all diagrams.