Labour MP Bill Esterson calls on government to intervene to allo

Bill Esterson


Labour MP for Sefton Central Bill Esterson has pressed a government minister to intervene with his own ministerial colleagues to make sure that the Thornton Relief Road is built.

Bill asked Roads Minister, Mike Penning to help get the road built at Transport Questions in the House of Commons today (Thursday).

The MP has been told that the land for the road is owned by The Forestry Commission, VOSA and the Highways Agency and Bill asked the minister, Mike Penning to press his colleagues to transfer the land to Sefton Council so that work could start.

Bill Esterson said: “The Government approved the construction of the Switch Island to Thornton Relief Road. The land is owned by a number of government departments. 

"Will the minister speak to his colleagues in other government departments and ensure that negotiations are concluded as soon as possible so that this much needed road can be built?”

The minister confirmed that the road had been approved by the government and that he was keen to see it built on schedule.

Bill said: “The Tory-Lib Dem government put the Thornton Relief Road on hold when they were first elected in May 2010 but subsequently reversed the decision after pressure from the community in Thornton, in Maghull, in Aintree and across Sefton. 

"It is vital that the minister speaks to his colleagues across government to make sure their departments co-operate and transfer the land to Sefton Council as soon as possible. 

"There is a lot of work to be done in acquiring the land before work can start and people who have waited for many years for this road need help from the government to make sure the road is finally built. I hope that the promise of action today from the minister is backed up in reality. 

"Rest assured my Labour Action Team colleagues and I will continue to press the government to make sure that the road is built.”