West Kirby Marine Lake walkway to be temporarily made a one-way path

A one-way system will be introduced on the walkway around West Kirby Marine Lake from next week, Monday 8 February, to help path users maintain social distance.

Footfall at popular walking destinations, including West Kirby Marine Lake has increased during lockdown and the council will trial a one-way system to help keep walkers and path users safe, particularly during busy times.

Residents wanting to walk around West Kirby Marine Lake should use the entrance at Dee Lane (opposite supermarket car park) and walk in an anticlockwise direction, exiting at Sandy Lane.

To complete the work to install the one-way system, the lake path will be closed to residents on Monday 8 February between 8am and 4pm. Work is subject to weather conditions.

The trial is a result of feedback and requests received from residents in an effort to keep the marine lake path open in a COVID-19 secure way as footfall continues to increase in this area.

Cllr Liz Grey, Committee Chair for Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport at Wirral Council, said: “The path around the Marine Lake is a popular walking spot for residents but at times it can get very busy, making it difficult to maintain social distancing when passing other users who are walking in the opposite direction.

“We’re doing all we can to help people stay safe – and to keep the path open- as so many of us are relying on getting out for exercise and enjoying our local area during lockdown.”

The one-way system will be trialled for six-weeks and reviewed in line with COVID-19 government guidance. The new trial will mean that the route can remain open for daily exercise, even with increased use of the path, whilst maintaining public safety and social distancing.

Signs and banners will be displayed at this location informing people of the one-way system and the route that must be followed.