The very high tides of last weekend meant that the new road barrier on South Parade was used for the time since installation.
The gate, outside the sailing school at the Dee Lane junction has been installed by Wirral Council in order for the local authority to better manage traffic at times of flooding. Obviously motorists could still drive on to South Parade from any of the roads off Banks Road, but the Dee Lane/South Parade junction is probably the most heavily used entrance to the promenade.
In addition to the barrier a new variable message sign (VMS) is being installed on Meols Drive by the residential school and on Grange Road. When operational, the signs will warn motorists of any road closures due to flooding or congestion due to an event like the Wilson Trophy sailing competition.
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: “Flooding is something that we are experiencing more regularly in recent years, and we must be prepared to evolve and improve our strategies to ensure that traffic continues to flow freely during periods of severe weather.”
West Kirby promenade was of course adversely affected by the storm surges of last winter.
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