Road closures will take place in Bankfield Lane and Verulam Road in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Bankfield Lane and Verulam Road in Churchtown in Southport will be closed for six weeks as work continues to take place to fix flooding issues which have blighted the area. 

The road closures will begin the day after Easter (Tuesday, 19th April 2022) and will continue until 1st June 2022. 

Sefton Council has granted permission for the temporary closures of Bankfield Lane, and Verulam Road, from 19th April 2022 for six weeks, and then Bankfield Lane only between Verulam Road and Merlewood Crescent, Southport  for a further period of six weeks. 

Bus services, including the 49 Arriva service, will be diverted while the work takes place. 

In his report, Sefton Council Head of Highways and Public Protection Peter Moore wrote: “The objective of the project is to alleviate sewer flooding impacting homes and roads in the Churchtown area of Southport, especially on Verulam Road and Merlewood Avenue.

“It will improve the lives of home owners in Verulam Road and Merlewood Avenue whose properties are at risk of flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

“It will also bring flood relief to other residents living within the area whose lives are frequently adversely impacted by external flooding of gardens and the highway during periods of heavy rainfall.

“The project is to install a 3,000m3 storm storage facility, along with associated pumping station, gravity sewer, rising main and control kiosk.

“Activities include street works to install new pipework using “no dig” excavation techniques (namely auger boring), bulk excavation for the concrete tank construction (in situ and precast concrete works) and construction of a pumping station, valve chambers and sewer chambers using shaft construction caisson sinking techniques.

Road closures will take place in Bankfield Lane and Verulam Road in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Road closures will take place in Bankfield Lane and Verulam Road in Churchtown in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

“The diversion route for Bankfield Lane shall be via: North Road, Preston New Road, Cambridge Road, Botanic Road, Bankfield Lane and vice versa.

“The local diversion route for Verulam Road shall be via: Merlewood Avenue, Bankfield Lane and vice versa.

“Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and the emergency services to all properties (including those on Blundells Lane) at all times.”

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1 Comment
  1. Bankf res 7 months ago

    Peter Moore’s comments are incorrect: This work will REDUCE (not stop!) sewage spilling on to Verulam Road; unless people’s gardens are currently flooding with ‘sewage’, then this work will not improve the garden situation one iota!
    It will not improve the ongoing flooding of nearby Balmoral and Highfield either, as they are on a different sewer system.
    According to our MP’s recent update, “it’s costing £8.3 million for 28 houses I.e. £300,000 per house”
    As a result of the ongoing works, many homes in the vicinity have been structurally damaged and the wellbeing of lives seriously affected!

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