Sefton Labour leader says Thornton Relief Road plans could be gi

Peter Dowd

Sefton Council's Labour leader Cllr Peter Dowd said the final legal hurdles are currently being negotiated for the final green light to be given for the construction of the long-awaited Thornton Relief Road.

Cllr Dowd said the council's legal department was negotiating the final details in relation to building on 'Crown land' along the route.

If everything goes to plan, the final rubber stamping for the scheme could be as soon as eight weeks, with work scheduled for early next year.

Cllr Dowd 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.

"Once we manage to negotiate these final hurdles, we should be able to see work start as per the schedule early next year.

"I know that any delay causes concerns, but I know that Sefton's legal team is working on resolving the final details and we should finally see work begin on this much needed relief road."

The plans are for a "single carriageway link road between Thornton (Southport Road, Long Lane and Ince Road junction) and the Switch Island junction".

The scheme also includes: "Amendments to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency dept at Switch Island, associated landscaping measures, attenuation ponds and traffic management measures on the local highway network."

Cllr Dowd said people in Sefton have campaigned for over 30 years for the road.

Cllr Dowd said: "It has been a long and winding road to get to this stage, but we are getting to the stage where the greenlight will be given for construction.

"This is good news for people in Thronton who have had to contend with congested roads for many years, but also for the whole of Sefton as it is vital investment in our infrastructure which in turn will create jobs and put some much needed money into the local economy, while also improving our roads infrastructure which is a boost to local businesses.

"So although we aren't popping the corks just yet, the champagne is definitely on ice." 

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