THE Wallasey and Birkenhead tunnels will close if planned industrial action by public sector unions goes ahead on November 30, Merseytravel confirmed today.
There will be no ferries on the day and cross-river bus services will run to Hamilton Square in Birkenhead to allow commuters to use Merseyrail services. Trains will operate as normal and cross-river bus and Solo tickets can be used for travel.
Millions of public sector employees across the country are set to join picket lines in a dispute over their pensions. They say Government changes mean they would have to work longer and receive less when they retire.
Police, ambulances and fire engines will be able to use the Kingway tunnel after trade union members volunteered to staff it for use by the emergency services. They will donate their wages from the day to Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology.
Buses will continue to call at bus stations but there will be no staffed ticket offices open during the strike action. Traveline and Merseylink services will not be available on the day.
A spokesman said: "Merseytravel apologise for the disruption that industrial action may cause to your journey."