'Lost' WWII Cammell Laird bunkers found by workmen

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WORKMEN today told how they accidentally unearthed one of the UK’s biggest World War II bunkers.

The Mellwood Construction team workers discovered the disused ventilation shaft near Leighton Road in Tranmere.

It descends 80ft into a network of cavernous brick tunnels.

The Home Office gave Birkenhead the green light to build the most expensive deep tunnel air raid shelter in the country in the 1940s.

They wanted to protect the irreplaceable Cammell Laird workforce.

Costing an estimated £129,000 it contained bunks and seats for more than 6,000 people as well as a canteen, medical wing, toilets and even space for a library.

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