Kingsway Tunnel (Liverpool)
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|Lancashire • Cheshire|
|Wirral • Liverpool|
Kingsway is the given name of the New Mersey Road Tunnel. It is also known as the Wallasey Tunnel. Construction started in 1966 and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in June 1971. It connects the A59 with the M53 via the Kingsway Tunnel Approach Road which is now marked as a continuation of the A59 on some maps.
Unlike its older sibling - the Queensway Tunnel - it is built to modern standards, with twin two-lane bores subject to a 40 mph speed limit.
There are three connecting links between the two tunnels, used for emergency and maintenance purposes. These are known as Tom, Dick, and Harry (Harriet), after the Great Escape film.
A toll of £1.70 is applied to cars, payable in both directions.