M53 expected to remain closed this evening following fatal incident

Drivers in Merseyside are advised the M53 between junctions 5 (Hooton) and 4 (Clatterbridge) is expected to remain closed into the evening following a serious incident.

The road remains closed in both directions after a coach overturned shortly after 8am this morning, with police declaring a major incident.

National Highways traffic officers remain on scene, aiding with traffic management. Once complex investigation work has been completed, recovery of the coach and clear-up work can begin.

Northbound diverted traffic is advised to follow the solid circle diversion symbol:
•    Exit the M53 northbound at junction 5
•    At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A41 southbound (New Chester Road)
•    At the B5133 junction, turn right onto the B5133 westbound (Hooton Road)
•    At the junction with the B5151, turn right and join the B5151 northbound (Birkenhead Road)
•    Continue to then re-join the M53 at junction 4

Southbound traffic is advised to follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol:
•    Exit the M53 southbound at junction 4
•    Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto the B5151 southbound (Mount Road)
•    At the junction with the B5133, turn left onto the B5133 eastbound (Neston Road)
•    Continue onward and then at the junction with the A41, turn right and join the A41 New Chester Road northbound
•    Continue to then re-join the M53 southbound at junction 5

Drivers are advised to allow extra journey time, find alternative routes or delay their journey if at all possible. 

Updates are shared on the X (Twitter) feed, @HighwaysNWEST

Further information is available from National Highways by visiting www.trafficengland.com and travel apps, or via the regional Twitter/X feed.

The 24/7 contact centre team is also available to provide up-to-the-minute information on 0300 123 5000.


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