Some weeks back, returning from Liverpool via the old tunnel one evening, we noticed a lonely walker on the other side of the tunnel, on the carriageway, trailing a suitcase and heading for Birkenhead. He had almost reached the Dock exit when we saw him.
I imagine he was a stranger who perhaps didn't speak too much English and had seen a sign for Birkenhead at the tunnel entrance. To be fair to him, I don't think there's a sign saying 'No Pedestrians' but I could be wrong there.
Presumably the cops would have spotted him on cctv and picked him up shortly after. It was certainly a dangerous thing to do. I hope he survived unscathed.
Registered: 22nd Mar 2010
Occasionally my son has to open up a shop in city centre to take a delivery but I have to drive him over to Liverpool for 5am because no public transport through the tunnel at that time. Not going to pay £25 taxi fayre.. The old tunnel had a bit of a guarded walkway but they have taken the guard rails down.
Sideline for tunnel police giving lifts through after public transport stopped
Back in the 1980s, one of my mates attempted just that. Stuck over the river, drunk and penniless he made his way into the tunnel. Police picked him up, took him back to Liverpool, and he spent the night in a cell. It was Christmas Eve btw.
Well, I am surprised it happens that often. Although I think the 'immediate' despatch of a police car bit is somewhat exaggerated. The chap I saw had clearly entered at the Liverpool city centre and was nearly at the dock entrance. He'd obviously walked the length of Dale St and probably a bit of water street too by then without anyone coming to pick him up! Perhaps they had laid bets as to how far he'd get!
But I expect he arrived at Lime St. and walked out of the station and down the hill to the tunnel entrance. If you don't know the city its a natural thing to do I suppose and seeing a tunnel with a sign saying 'To Birkenhead' You take it, marvelling at how the locals accept such a risky way of travelling.
I have even seen more dangerous practices there though. On one occasion some lunatic was swapping lanes at high speed - he changed lanes to overtake me, but shortly after, swerved briefly into the OPPOSITE carriageway to overtake someone. He got away with it too, but not for long. There was a welcoming committee of grim faced Birkenhead police interviewing him at the exit when I left!
I only recently discovered that there is a pedestrian tunnel under the Clyde. The road tunnels are the same as our Wallasey tunnels ie. twin bore two lane jobs. Directly under the roadways (North and South) are well lit pedestrian and cycle tracks. It takes about 12mins to walk from one side to the other. Shorter and thus more steeply graded than the Mersey Tunnels. Double security barriers with intercom/buzzer release to let you in AND out !! (Think Airlock!) Free of charge. After a recent refurb. they are brightly lit and free of graffiti and litter.
With all the services under the B'head tunnel, it's not really possible to do that now. Maybe the Wallasey bores, but not that handy to get to after a night on the bevvy in the city centre
Registered: 1st Oct 2009
Loc: between heaven & hell
It doesn't take that long to walk through the Birkenhead tunnel even with three small kids in tow,think it took less than an hour.before anyone starts panicking about walking in the tunnel with the kids it was one of those special event things.
no1s gonna keep me from u