|Via:||New Brighton, Wallasey|
|Distance:||7.4 miles (11.9 km)|
|Meets:||A553, M53, A5139, A551, B5477, B5143, B5142, A5028, B5144, A5139, A5029, A5030, A41|
|Route outline (key)|
The A554 at the top end of the Wirral peninsula connects Bidston to Birkenhead by a rather roundabout U-shaped route.
The road leaves the A553 in Bidston at the west end of Birkenhead, heads north as a dual carriageway (dating from the 1970s), passes under the end of the M53 at J1, and meets the A551 at a grade-separated junction before going up to the top of the Wirral at New Brighton promenade – with loads of big roundabouts on the way. I've been up to New Brighton a few times: it's a fantastic bit of road this, especially when empty, when the locals seem to use this as an unofficial racetrack. You can also see where some have chosen to go straight across the grassy roundabouts rather than round them.
At the end of the seafront the A554 heads back south through Wallasey, meeting the A5028 and A5139, and taking in the Seacombe Ferry terminal on the way, before becoming primary and re-entering Birkenhead across the swing bridge and running through the docks area. Back in Birkenhead, the road (Tower Road/Canning Street) meets the A5029 and A552 and ends where the A41 appears to stop: at the Woodside Ferry.
Originally the road ran only from New Brighton to Seacombe. The western extension to Bidston was built in the early 1970s as a bypass of the A551 to gain access to the motorway.