Flood defence piling works to close section of South Parade in West Kirby

Piling works on the first phase of the construction of the new flood defence wall along South Parade in West Kirby will begin next week.

That means the first road closure will need to be in place from Tuesday 21 June to allow these works to take place on the section of the waterfront between Riversdale Road and Dee Lane.

Wirral Council’s construction and engineering partner on the project, VolkerStevin, have written to residents who live in the area affected to give them prior notification of the closure and how it will impact on their access.

The closure will be managed by having staffed vehicle and pedestrian gates at both ends of this section. It will only be in place during working hours – 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; the gates will be removed each evening and at the weekend.  

Residents who live between Riversdale Road and Dee Lane – plus any visitors or deliveries they might be expecting – will be allowed access throughout due to the closures being managed by a member of staff. They will also be on hand to provide any other assistance to residents directly affected by the road closure.

At West Kirby, hollow steel circular tubes, or piles, will be pushed through the weak ground underneath the promenade until they reach firmer, supporting ground. The top of the tube at ground level will then be capped off with concrete, which provides a suitable foundation for the new promenade and wave wall, capable of withstanding wave forces that will act upon it.

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