The tunnel flyovers were one of the biggest monstrosities ever to be inflicted on Birkenhead.
I admit I have an axe to grind, because our little community was among those wiped out to make way for them.
That apart, they were an over-the-top, ill thought-out, brutalist solution to a problem that was already on the way to being solved, as is made clear in this article from the Chrisís British Road Directory website ...http://www.cbrd.co.uk/articles/queensway-tunnel/flyovers-and-flashing-lights
Even as the flyovers began operating, the Wallasey tunnel was under construction. It opened just two years later and would help relieve Birkenheadís traffic congestion.
Meanwhile, back at the Birkenhead tunnel, the computer system designed to efficiently marshal the traffic didnít work.
The planners were undoubtedly thrilled by their futuristic vision of building sweeping roadways in the sky. Who cared if 170 homes, 90 shops, 23 factories and 14 pubs had to be demolished?
Admittedly, the old heart of Birkenhead that was torn out by the flyovers was never the prettiest place. But it was incomparably better than the ugly, blighted, empty wasteland of concrete and tarmac that has been left in its place.
The flyovers are worth commemorating, if only to remind us what bad planning can do to a town. Fifty years on, I still curse them.