MP calls for action to end residents' rat-run nightmare

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson has given his backing to fed-up Thornton residents who are demanding action to deal with the issue of their village being used as a rush-hour “rat run”.

An increase in traffic building up on Moor Lane has led to more and more motorists turning off the main A565 road into the residential area in order to avoid traffic around the junction near Aldi.

Sefton Council is consulting on several options and Mr Esterson, the area’s MP, says that closing off Edgemoor Dr to traffic turning right from Moor Lane seems to be the most popular option.

Mr Esterson said in a letter to Sefton Council chief executive Margaret Carney: “These issues have become major problems for local residents in recent times, in particular on Thornfield Road, Edgemoor Drive and the surrounding streets, with an increasing number of vehicles turning off Moor Lane (A565) and entering the residential area (using Edgemoor Drive to gain access), much to the detriment of residents.

“On Monday 3rd July, Thornton Parish Council held its monthly meeting. At the meeting, the issues of an increased volume of traffic at peak times and the excessive speed of traffic at off-peak times in the village were both discussed. Following a presentation of all the relevant information by councillors at the aforementioned meeting, the floor was opened for local residents to offer their solution to the issue. Following much discussion, the vast majority of the room supported ‘Option E’ – that is, the closure of the section of the road that connects Edgemoor Drive to Moor Lane using bollards. This would be done with the aim of preventing the heavy traffic flow that drives down Moor Lane from entering the residential area of Thornton via Edgemoor Drive, therefore solving the problems of an increasing volume of traffic and excessive speeds in the area.”

Mr Esterson said the parish council meeting was extremely well attended, with 49 local residents offering their views on the issues, including 24 residents of Thornfield Road - one of the two roads which will be most affected by any changes to the local road system. “Option E” – closing Edgemoor Drive to traffic turning off Moor Lane – seemed to be the most popular option.

Mr Esterson added: “The sheer number and scope of residents who have backed the proposals displays to me that they have given a mandate for ‘Option E’ to be put into action. I have written to the council to say I fully support the views of local residents.”

“I urge residents to ensure they return their consultation papers and fill in the online consultation, and contact my office if they feel strongly that this is not the most appropriate action.

"I would also like to thank the Thornton parish councillors and the clerk, the borough councillors, Steve, McGinnity, Clare Carragher and John Kelly, and all residents for their work in trying to find the best way of addressing the concerns of congestion and pollution in and around Thornton.

“I hope that the council is able to put in place measures that will help all concerned."

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