Birkenhead

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Birkenhead
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A former lifting bridge within Birkenhead's inactive docks
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County
Cheshire
Highway Authority
Wirral
Forward Destination on
M53 • A41 • A59 • A552 • A5139
Next Primary Destinations
Belfast • Ellesmere Port • Liverpool • Wallasey
Places related to the M53
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Liverpool • York • Skipton • Harrogate • Preston • Clitheroe • Maghull • Ormskirk

Birkenhead is the largest town on the Wirral in north west England. The A41 ends here, and several other major roads terminate in the local area. There are ferry services to Belfast (ferries to Dublin sail from Liverpool docks).

The Four Bridges

The docks are Birkenhead are known for the Four Bridges. These were originally hydraulic swing bridges allowing dock access for large vessels, but these were all subsequently replaced.

Plant houses were wooden elevated above the road carriageway at one end.

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The A Bridge A steel girder bascule bridge with overhead wooden plant house replaced the original swing bridge. It itself was replaced in 2017/8 by a modern basclue bridge, with a high degree of internal strength so as not to require additional support girders. It is located on the A554 Tower Road

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The Duke Street Bridge is a steel girder bascule bridge with overhead wooden plant house and is on the A5027 Duke Street

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Egerton Bridge is a steel girder bascule bridge with overhead wooden plant house and is on an unclassified road at Egerton Wharf

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The Penny Bridge is a swing bridge on the A5088 which opened in 1996, replacing the previous bridge on the site whihc was built in 1926. An earlier wooden bridge was in place before that, built in 1843 (for which a toll of 1d was chargeable, giving the bridge its name)

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The C Bridge

The C bridge is now a fixed concrete construction on the A554 Tower Road. It was constructed in 2017 and replaced a steel girder bridge.

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Routes

Route To Notes

M53

Ellesmere Port, Chester

A41

Bebington, M53

A59

Liverpool via Tunnel

A552

Prenton, Heswall

A5139

Poulton, Wallasey Link from Docks to M53. Wallasey is reached via A554.

A5227

Town Centre Borough Road

(Tunnel)

Liverpool sometimes marked as A41, however OS has reverted it to an unclassified road.

Ferry

Belfast

A553

Hoylake

A554

New Brighton

A5027

Upper Claughton

A5028

Borough Road

A5029

All Docks

A5030

Poulton

B5145

Liscard

B5148

Bebington

B5149

Local Green Lane

B5151

Bidston



Birkenhead
Sections
Junctions
Crossings
Roads
B5361 (Birkenhead) • A553 • M53 • A51 • B5136 • A5031 • A5088 • A554 • A551 • A540 • A5227 • A5030 • A5027 • A5139 • B5140 • B5147 • B5139 • B5141 • B5149 • B5151 • T14 (Britain) • A552 • A5137 • A5029 • B5172 • B5146 • B5148 • B5138 • B5150 • B5137 • A41 • A59
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Birkenhead original flyovers - Coppermine - 11949.JPGThe Antiques Triangle, Chester Street,... (C) El Pollock - Geograph - 3147416.jpgArgyle Street South, Birkenhead - Geograph - 1410426.jpgBirkenhead entrance, Queensway tunnel - Geograph - 2844884.jpgWirral 2
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