Storm Eunice: Lime Street roads closed, Mersey Ferries suspended and more transport disruption

An amber weather warning for wind and a yellow weather warning for ice are now in place across Merseyside.

Storm Eunice has forced road closures at Lime Street as high winds hit Liverpool and continue to cause disruption to transport links and services.

An Amber weather warning for wind, with gusts predicted to reach up to 67mph, and a yellow weather warning for ice are now in place across Merseyside.

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The winds are expected to die down over night, while the ice warning has been extended until Monday by the Met Office.

Weather warnings in place over Merseyside. Image: Met Office

Transport problems

At Lime Street, London Road to St George’s Place has been closed because barriers from ongoing redevelopment works have been blown into the road.

It is hoped the affected areas will re-open at 6pm on Friday night.

Merseytravel are diverting buses and people are being asked to avoid the area possible.

National Rail have advised passengers not to travel today, including from Liverpool Lime Street station, as Storm Eunice has caused significant disruption to services.

Mersey Ferries services have been suspended from Friday, 18 February, until further notice due to the strong winds.

People view the waves created by high winds and spring tides hitting the sea wall at New Brighton promenade on February 17, 2022 in Liverpool, England

Merseyrail say they expect disruption to services and have advised passengers not to travel unless necessary. It is unlikely rail replacement buses will be able to operate.

They also warn that some of the first timetabled trains on Saturday, 19 February, will be cancelled to allow checks on the lines.

Police issue warning to public

Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have issued a warning to the public about staying safe and have advised against non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Flooding may affect coastal areas, particularly in Wirral and Sefton, with high tides expected around noon.

Councils across the borough have closed some roads and parks in areas expected to be affected by fallen trees, debris and flooding.

Some half-term events have also been cancelled due to fears for people travelling to and from the venues.

Transport advice

The police have warned those making any essential journey to drive carefully and give vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians more room than usual as they are more likely to be blown around by side winds.

Those using public transport are advised to check for any disruption before they travel.

For the latest information about disruption in your community, visit your local authority website:

To understand the risks, be more informed and better prepared visit  https://www.merseysideprepared.org.uk/