Sefton Central Labour MP, Bill Esterson was furious with Highways England after they failed to give any answers to residents concerns about recent accidents at Switch Island or increased congestion in Thornton.
Mr Esterson’s office had arranged a meeting with Highways England to ask them to improve safety at Switch Island and reduce congestion in Thornton, following the opening of the Thornton Bypass, which is called Broom's Cross Road. Mr Esterson’s said he had to count to ten at the meeting as the Highways England representatives clearly had no idea about the reason for the meeting. This was despite the fact that Highways England had asked the MP’s office before the meeting what he
had wanted to discuss and his staff had told the agency on the phone
The Highways England staff who attended had no information to give about Broom's Cross Road, other than that a meeting had been held to discuss problems at Switch Island. The staff were in fact working on the Port Access Road and wanted to talk about plans to either widen Dunnings Bridge Road or build a new road through Rimrose Valley.
Bill Esterson MP said, “I have been trying to arrange a meeting with Highways England because of the accidents at Switch island and the confusion being caused to many motorists. This is a matter of safety and many of my constituents are very worried about the dangers at Switch Island. Highways England asked my office what I wanted to discuss before the meeting and my staff told them on the phone and in an email. We also told Highways England that many people in Thornton are fed up with the increase in congestion, which has happened since the new road opened. Broom's Cross Road was supposed to reduce
congestion in Thornton but on the A565 into Crosby, congestion has increased for much of the day and changes are needed. Broom's Cross Road was called the Thornton Relief Road. So far it has not achieved its objective as far as Thornton residents are concerned. I made it crystal clear to Highways England that I wanted to discuss safety, congestion and Broom's Cross Road. They came to talk to me about Dunnings Bridge Road and the possible Rimrose Valley road instead. Most of Dunnings Bridge Road is not even in my constituency.
“This is simply not acceptable and I have asked highways England to get answers for those people who are rightly very worried
both about safety and about congestion.
“I shall be writing to Transport Minister, Chris Grayling asking for him to step in. We have already seen serious accidents and congestion and if Highways England won’t take the action needed, the government needs to intervene.”