Kingsway Tunnel

Kingsway Tunnel

The Kingsway Tunnel is a road tunnel under the River Mersey in Merseyside, northwest England, between Liverpool and Wallasey. It is one and half miles (2.4 km) long. It is often called the Wallasey Tunnel to specify it serves Wallasey as opposed to the Queensway Tunnel, an alternative tunnel crossing the Mersey, which serves Birkenhead.

The tunnel was built between 1966 and 1971 when the Queensway Tunnel between Liverpool and Birkenhead was no longer able to cope with the volume of traffic and was opened in June 1971 by Queen Elizabeth II. It consists of twin tubes, each tube having two lanes each convert|12|ft|m|abbr=on wide.

The entrance to the Kingsway Tunnel is used as the basis of a tunnel entrance in the video game Grand Theft Auto III — during the 1990s, several members of the game's development team had worked for the Merseyside-based development company Psygnosis.

The present fee for a single car journey through the tunnel is £1.40 [cite web |url=| title=Mersey Tunnels: Tolls, Fees and Charges] , payable at the Wallasey end of the tunnel for vehicles travelling in either direction.

In a study following the fire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel in 1999, inspectors from the European Union rated the Kingsway Tunnel as "good", one of only eight to receive that rating in Europe.


External links

* [ Official website of the Mersey Tunnels]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kingsway Underpass — may refer to:*the Kingsway Tunnel in Liverpool *the former Kingsway tramway subway in Holborn *the Strand Underpass in London …   Wikipedia

  • Tunnel — This article is about underground passages. For other uses, see Tunnel (disambiguation). Underground tunnel for heatpipes between Rigshospitalet and Amagerværket in Denmark …   Wikipedia

  • Kingsway (London) — Kingsway is a major road in central London in the United Kingdom, designated as part of the A4200. It runs from High Holborn, at its north end in the London Borough of Camden, and meets Aldwych in the south in the City of Westminster at Bush… …   Wikipedia

  • Kingsway tramway subway — The Kingsway Tramway Subway is a cut and cover tunnel in central London that was built by the London County Council. The decision in 1898 to clear slum districts in the Holborn area provided an opportunity to use the new streets for a tramway… …   Wikipedia

  • Kingsway telephone exchange — Note: This site should not be confused with Kingsway tramway subway Kingsway telephone exchange was a Cold War era hardened telephone exchange underneath High Holborn in London.It was built as a deep level shelter underneath Chancery Lane tube… …   Wikipedia

  • Queensway Tunnel — The Queensway Tunnel is a road tunnel under the River Mersey, in the north west of England, between Liverpool and Birkenhead. It is often called the Birkenhead Tunnel to specify it serves Birkenhead as opposed to the Kingsway Tunnel, an… …   Wikipedia

  • Toll tunnel — A toll tunnel is a special road tunnel whose construction and/or maintenance costs are in part recouped through a toll charged for passing through it. In some instances, tolls have been removed after retirement of the toll revenue bonds issued to …   Wikipedia

  • M53 motorway — Route information Length: 18.9 mi (30.4 km) Existed: 1972 – present …   Wikipedia

  • Wallasey — Coordinates: 53°25′23″N 3°03′54″W / 53.423°N 3.065°W / 53.423; 3.065 …   Wikipedia

  • Mersey Tunnels — Wallasey entrance to the Kingsway Tunnel …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.