Highways England are finally consulting the public on their plans for the Port of Liverpool access scheme.
I use the word 'finally' because one of the routes was first drawn up during World War 2. At least, that's what I heard, when I was a Sefton Councillor in the 1980s.
According to my informant, a Labour member of the then Merseyside County Council and former member of Bootle Borough Council, he first knew of these plans immediately after the war ended. So after all that time, the plans have come forward.
There are two options illustrated below. The Rimrose Valley option, the one I heard about, is shown first. Select each image, in turn, to see it in greater detail.
It's going to prove interesting to see in what way, either of these two schemes, will affect residents in Formby travelling into Liverpool, or further South on a daily basis.
Here's how Highways England introduce the scheme options on their website.
In December 2014 Highways England was asked by the government, as part of the Road Investment Strategy, to look at ways to improve road access to the Port of Liverpool.
The Port of Liverpool makes a significant contribution to the regional economy and is an important source of employment for the local community.
The port is already the busiest in the North West and with the recently opened deep-water container berth, Liverpool2, it is set to become even busier.
This is great news for jobs and the regional economy but this growth depends on freight being able to access the port. The A5036 is the main road linking the port to the motorway network. This road is already congested and has a poor safety record; this situation is forecast to worsen as the area is developed.
This road-based solution is part of a much wider set of proposals across Merseyside and the North West. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is working with a range of partners to deliver transport measures that will improve port access and increase capacity by rail, road and water. More information is available on their website.
You can find further information and details of the options in the consultation brochure.
For the full details see the links below:
Consultation Survey Link: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a5036-port-of-liverpool-access-scheme/consultation/intro/