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#291493 - 12th Feb 2009 9:47am The Wirral is a Car Park this morning.
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I don't know if anyone found a way round the wirral this morning but it was just total gridlock everywhere I went.

A540 (Chester High Road) blocked Southbound from Gayton to past two mills.
A41 both directions blocked
M53 Closed
Arrowe Park area - couldn't get near.

There have been warnings about drainage problems on the M53 before, one pipe burst blocks both directions and blocks the drains.

What happened with the tunnels, how were they?
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#291496 - 12th Feb 2009 10:11am Re: The Wirral is a Car Park this morning. [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Tell me about it! I left home this mornig at 6.50 and got to Warrington at 9.20.

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#291499 - 12th Feb 2009 10:39am Re: The Wirral is a Car Park this morning. [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Highways agency report:

http://www.traffic-england.co.uk/map.asp...1.0851077426305

Incident at J6 slip road and incident at J7 slip road - normal traffic conditions expected by 11.00am.
Also says flooding between J5 and J7.


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#291503 - 12th Feb 2009 11:35am Re: The Wirral is a Car Park this morning. [Re: MissGuided]
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my dads been stuck on the M53 this morning since 7:30am till 10:30 because of a water main burst he said the motor way was like a sheet of ice

did any 1 get any pix
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#291509 - 12th Feb 2009 11:44am 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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Motorists are facing disruption in Cheshire after part of a motorway was closed because pools of water from a burst pipe froze on the surface.

The M53 was closed in both directions between junction five and seven after police said conditions were "too dangerous" for drivers.

Cheshire Constabulary advised motorists to avoid the area and said there were potential delays in traffic.

Diversions have been put in place while engineers investigate the leak.

Standing water

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "We are advising motorists that there could be potential delays in traffic this morning and to plan extra time for their journeys."

The spokeswoman said pools of standing water had turned to ice across the motorway.

Temperatures in the region fell to about -5C overnight.

"The conditions are too dangerous for drivers and whilst the burst water main is being investigated and dealt with by utility companies the motorway has been closed," the spokeswoman added

"Diversions have been put in place. If you can avoid the area between junction 5 and 7 we are asking drivers to do so."

If motorists cannot avoid the area, the spokeswoman advised them to delay their journeys.

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#291512 - 12th Feb 2009 12:15pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: _jase_
pools of water


That is a bit understated - it was one foot deep and covering both directions - pools, more like a lake!!!
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#291544 - 12th Feb 2009 2:45pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I was in St.James Centre college this morning.. my signing language support did not turned up this morning, cos she was stuck at M53 all morning.. (She was not very happy bunny opps)

It was nice of me mates and the teacher were helps me out and we worked toegther in the class.

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#291574 - 12th Feb 2009 6:06pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: chrissie77]
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anyone got any pictures of this i went through at 2pm and it was back to normal
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#291588 - 12th Feb 2009 6:31pm Re: The Wirral is a Car Park this morning. [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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her you go, taken from clatterbridge roundabout @ 10:10 am. (sorry if pic quailty is a bit kack but i was driving at the time!)


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#291589 - 12th Feb 2009 6:32pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: uggla]
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im affraid not i was in work at 8am frown gutted tho be amazim to see frown
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#291591 - 12th Feb 2009 6:36pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: Mondeo_Scott]
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awesome i remember one in the late 1990s it was a hot summer day the motorway was closed in prenton both ways it was afternoon chaos.

didnt bother me was getting paid to drive lol
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#291674 - 12th Feb 2009 9:36pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: uggla]
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15 cars away from junction 5 southbound and heading for Vauxhalls and they shut the motorway completly 6.50am! Took me an hour through the Port to get to work and every road was crawling with the weight of traffic.

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#291690 - 12th Feb 2009 9:49pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: PhilH]
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Sounds about right PhilH. I must have been about 15 mins behind you. Took me 2 hours to get back onto M53 at J8.

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#291719 - 12th Feb 2009 10:15pm Re: 'Dangerous ice' closes motorway [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Thanks for piccy biscansplums, I passed there at about 7:50 and the traffic was up to the bridge you can see (buzz FM had given a vague warning so I was on the lookout), so I gave the Motorway a miss, I got to eastham by about 8:10 and by then the radio was saying it was backed up to woodchurch, then I got stuck.
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