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Wallasey tunnel chaos with traffic backed up for miles

A broken down lorry in the Wallasey tunnel has sparked traffic chaos this morning.

Travel monitors INRIX said as of 8.30am there was four miles of tailbacks from the Wirral entrance stretching back to the the M53.

The major disruption has been triggered by a lorry which ground to a halt in the tunnel as it headed towards Liverpool this morning, reportedly due to a flat tyre.

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Delays are also reported at the Birkenhead Tunnel as motorists seek alternative routes.

INRIX said: “One lane closed, long delays and queueing traffic for four miles due to broken down lorry on Kingsway Wallasey Tunnel into town from Wallasey to Liverpool.

“Congestion to the M53. Also seeing delays in the Queensway Birkenhead Tunnel as traffic seeks alternative routes. Travel time is around 40 minutes.

“Lane one (of two) is closed due to the lorry having a flat tyre.”

All lanes have now reopened.

Merseytravel has also warned motorists of the delays.

It tweeted: “Mersey Tunnels Police are currently dealing with a broken down vehicle in the Kingsway Tunnel. Vehicle was travelling from Wallasey to L’pool. Traffic congestion is building at Wallasey entrance.”

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