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Monks Ferry Rail Tunnel. Birkenhead

another one from the Wirral :-)

Monks Ferry Railway Tunnel was built in 1844 for a branch line to connect to Monks Ferry landing stage on the river Mersey. It was used to carry coal to the river Mersey where it could be loaded on to ships. It used to emerge right next to Birkenhead Town Station where it would join the main line to Chester.

The area where it emerges is now an over grown wasteland, criss crossed by flyovers.

Here is the entrance pictured in 1975. It is the one on the right. The left one goes to Woodside ferry terminal. You can see the wall and windows of the old station booking hall above the tunnel. Parts of that wall still remain today.

Today it is blocked off at the end. There is a vertical shaft which emerges under a man hole cover in the middle of an office car park. It is not known if the tunnel extends beyond the brick wall and for how far. The tunnel has also been partially filled up with rubble.

the tunnels were named after the monks from hundreds of years ago who also built small tunnels all over the wirral, and even under the river mersey!!

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Re: Monks Ferry Rail Tunnel. Birkenhead

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another one from the Wirral :-)

Monks Ferry Railway Tunnel was built in 1844 for a branch line to connect to Monks Ferry landing stage on the river Mersey. It was used to carry coal to the river Mersey where it could be loaded on to ships. It used to emerge right next to Birkenhead Town Station where it would join the main line to Chester.



The area where it emerges is now an over grown wasteland, criss crossed by flyovers.

Here is the entrance pictured in 1975. It is the one on the right. The left one goes to Woodside ferry terminal. You can see the wall and windows of the old station booking hall above the tunnel. Parts of that wall still remain today.

Today it is blocked off at the end. There is a vertical shaft which emerges under a man hole cover in the middle of an office car park. It is not known if the tunnel extends beyond the brick wall and for how far. The tunnel has also been partially filled up with rubble.

the tunnels were named after the monks from hundreds of years ago who also built small tunnels all over the wirral, and even under the river mersey!!
Thanks for the map! Very important when using Google to visit from afar. Looks like it is now an exclusive housing area. Also, I guess there is a U-Boat on display near there, as well.

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Re: Monks Ferry Rail Tunnel. Birkenhead

Anyone making some kind of Beatles film could mock up a Cavern set in there!

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