Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praises Sefton Council as

Bill Esterson, with John Fairclough and Peter Dowd

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has welcomed the start of work on the long awaited Thornton Relief Road.

The long-awaited road was finally given the greenlight this week, after a 40-year-long campaign.

Labour's Cllr Peter Dowd and Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson both said the £19m route, which is deigned to ease congestion on the borough's roads by improving access to Switch Island and the M57 and M58, will create jobs and benefit local businesses.

MP Bill Esterson said people from throughout Sefton Central would benefit from the Thornton Relief Road.

Bill said: "It's been a long and winding road getting to the stage where work is finally starting on the Thornton Relief Road. But at long last, we are here.

"This is great news for all those people who have campaigned and called for this road to be built over the period of 40 years, or more.

"This road will benefit people throughout my constituency. Not only will it ease the congestion in Thornton and Crosby, but roads in Lydiate and Maghull should benefit as motorists have improved links to Southport and Formby.

"This has been a long-running issue for many people in Sefton Central. I have had people on the doorstep in Formby, Aintree, Maghull, Lydiate and Thornton all tell me how much they want the relief road. I have had hundreds and hundreds of emails from constituents all asking for the road to be built.

"That's why I campaigned for it. That's why I called on the Tories and Lib Dems to u-turn on their decision to shelve the plans three years ago."

Bill said he was hopeful the road would be a boost for Sefton's economy.

Bill said: "This is a boost for our local economy. It is a boost for our local infrastructure. It is a boost for our local businesses. 

"Not only will we see improvements with the easing of congestion on our roads in the east of Sefton, but people and businesses in Formby will also benefit through the improved motorway links.

"And there will be an initial boost for the local economy as a result of the infrastructure investment, through the creation of jobs.

"I am continuing to call on the contractors employed to do the work to use local sub-contractors to make sure that local people are employed on the construction phase and the money that is invested stays here in Sefton."

The MP also praised Sefton Council for making sure the scheme went ahead.

Bill said: "The council has made a massive contribution to this scheme and the fact that the road is finally going ahead shows what can be done. 

"Labour in local government in Sefton are doing what they can despite massive cuts by the Tories and Lib Dems in government and many of my constituents can see the difference that of having a council that is on their side makes. 

"Cllrs Peter Dowd and John Fairclough deserve the credit for making the Thornton Relief Road a reality and so do the council's officers. It will make a difference to jobs, the economy and will ease congestion. This is indeed good news for my constituents."