How will Merseyside’s tips run when they reopen

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Tips across Merseyside will reopen on Monday, but they will not operate as they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

Wirral Council today urged people not to rush to their nearest tip as soon as it opens, because they will not be at their full capacity.

Only three cars will be allowed on site at any one time and the council said this could lead to queues of between three and four hours.

Therefore, several steps have been taken to prevent chaos at the region’s tips.

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What are the safety measures?

Just one person per car will be allowed to enter the tip and vans will not be allowed.

Bidston Waste Recycling Centre, one of three in Wirral which will reopen on Monday

Blue Badge holders, however, can be accompanied by one family member.

Wirral Council said this will inevitably lead to queues and added that the message from all partners involved is to only visit the tip in the first few days if absolutely essential.

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There are three tips in Wirral, they are located in West Kirby, Clatterbridge and Bidston.

Specific traffic management systems will be in place including one-way systems, road closures and stewards to manage the traffic flow.

These measures will ensure the safe operation not only for those visiting the tip but for residents and amenities in the local area.

The full list of restrictions put in place that will allow the centres to reopen are:

The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be significantly higher

Cars only (no vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers)

One person per vehicle (NB. Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)

Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be strictly enforced

Site Employees will not be able to assist with unloading to maintain social distancing

Sites will be open 8am to 8pm every day (including Bank Holiday on 8 May) NB: Clatterbridge will be closed on Wednesday 6 May while essential maintenance work takes place on the interchange junction on the M53.

Wallasey Town Hall, where Wirral Council is based

The traffic management plans in place at each centre will be:

West Kirby:

A One Way system will be in place along parts of Greenbank Road to manage access into West Kirby waste recycling centre and access for local residents. In addition, road closures and residents access only restrictions will also be in operation on adjoining side roads. Stewards will be stationed at key points to support these restrictions. All measures have been put in place to ensure safe access can be achieved for local residents and users of the recycling centre.

Bidston:

Access to Bidston waste recycling centre will be available from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Dock Road roundabout. No access will be available from the junction of Wallasey Bridge Road / Beaufort Road. Diversions will be signed accordingly.

Clatterbridge:

Access to Clatterbridge waste recycling centre will be available from the northbound section of Mount Road only. Visitors will also be signed to turn left only out of the site when departing. Such measures are required to assist traffic movements and ease congestion in the vicinity of the site. Motorists are advised to follow the lane approach signage on arrival to assist with queue management.

Please be aware that Clatterbridge Waste Recycling Centre will be closed on Wednesday, May 6.

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Essential maintenance at Clatterbridge Interchange is already scheduled for this time and this programmed work cannot be moved.

Works at this junction will involve replacement of the existing traffic signal controller, which once upgraded will contribute towards improving the operation and co-ordination of the junction.

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