There were scenes of long tailbacks as traffic ground to a stand still after the Birkenhead Tunnel closed following an accident.

Merseytravel, who own and operate the tunnel, posted on Twitter last night that it had closed due to a road traffic accident as vehicles were diverted to the Kingsway Wallasey Tunnel.

The accident happened at around 6.20pm involving a light goods vehicle inside the tunnel.

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Several tunnel users posted photos on social media of the debris left on the carriageway as a result of the crash.

Nobody is reported to have been hurt.

Long delays and traffic tailbacks were reported as emergency services closed the tunnel to deal with the situation.

Efforts to clear the scene so traffic could resume were further hampered as a second vehicle broke down inside the tunnel, resulting in further delays.

Debris left on the carriageway after a crash involving a light goods vehicle in Birkenhead Queensway Tunnel
Debris left on the carriageway after a crash involving a light goods vehicle in Birkenhead Queensway Tunnel

The carriageway was cleared by around 7.45pm and the Birkenhead Queensway Tunnel was reopened to traffic.

There are no reported delays caused by the accident in the tunnels this morning.

A full statement from Merseytravel regarding last night's accident below.

A Merseytravel spokesperson said: “At around 6.20pm yesterday evening Mersey Tunnels Police dealt with a road traffic collision involving a light goods vehicle on the Liverpool to Birkenhead carriageway of the Queensway Tunnel.

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"Traffic was temporarily diverted to the Kingsway, or Wallasey, Tunnel until the vehicle could be recovered.

"At around 7.45pm the incident was resolved and the Queensway Tunnel was reopened to traffic.

"During the same period, there was unfortunately another vehicle breakdown in the Kingsway Tunnel which meant that, for a short time, traffic was further delayed.”