New road scheme for Sefton given the go ahead

Posted: 04/04/2012

Many people who drive on the A565 will know that the traffic is becoming unbearable. Thankfully, after a long wait, plans for a new link road from Thornton to Switch Island has been given planning permission. This will reduce traffic from the congested area and decrease travelling times for thousands of motorists.

The scheme will cost a total of £18.6m but the Department for Transport declared that it would provide £14.5m towards the project, with Sefton Council paying the rest.

The single lane carriageway will connect Switch Island M57 and the M58 interchange with the A565 to Crosby which will relieve congestion on Lydiate Lane and Green Lane. Peter Dowd who is Sefton Council’s Labour leader is tackling the final legal obstacles. Mr Dowd spoke to Liverpool Daily Post and said, ‘There are some very technical legal details left for Sefton Council to negotiate in relation to building on the land which is owned by the Crown, but we should hopefully see all of that resolved in the next couple of months.’

There has been a thirty year battle for the carriageway to be given planning permission and now the plans have finally been given the go ahead, the investment will also be a vital for Sefton’s infrastructure which will lead to jobs and money to boost the local economy.

Do you travel through Sefton and experienced the mounting traffic? What are your thoughts on the plans for the new link road?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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