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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls for improved signage leading to new Broom’s Cross Road around Switch Island

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Atkins site manager Gordon Cowan and Balfour Beatty project manager Andy Leech.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has called for urgent action to improve signage on roads leading to the new Broom's Cross Road around Switch Island to alleviate confusion which is resulting in motorists making risky manoeuvres.

Since the new Thornton-Switch Island link road was opened last month, motorists have contacted the MP raising concerns about a lack of adequate signs and road markings leading to confusion.

Bill Esterson said he himself has witnessed drivers taking dangerous steps to get in the correct lane for the new road.

Bill said: "The new road is brilliant. It provides the link to Switch Island from Formby Bypass that is needed for all parts of the borough. For Formby it provides a direct link to the motorway system. For Maghull and Lydiate it alleviates congestion. And for Thornton it creates the long awaited bypass and the years of gridlock misery that residents there suffered.

"While I welcome the new road and all of the many benefits that it brings, in fact I campaigned for it, the signage and road markings leading to the road from the motorway system in particular need to be improved.

"I have approached the new road from each of the motorways and main roads that lead to it from Switch Island and there is clearly confusion for motorists who aren't aware of which lane they should be in, or even how they can get access to the road. As a direct result of this, I have personally seen motorists, who have realised they are in the wrong lane, making very dangerous manoeuvres to try and get back to the road, including driving around traffic islands, which is obviously very risky.

"There will obviously be some confusion when a new route is added to an already busy traffic junction like Switch Island, but the lack of clear markings and signage is making that even more difficult."

Bill has written to the Highways Agency and Sefton Council to raise his concerns and ask for swift action.

Bill said: "Of course there will be teething problems with a new road. Engineers will obviously monitor the effectiveness of a system and make changes to suit, like traffic light systems and such, as part of
making improvements over time.

"I hope that the Highways Agency and Sefton Council are working together and have already identified that changes to the signage are needed.

"I also hope that they make the necessary changes as a matter of urgency.

"I do think the road is a brilliant achievement and it is thanks to a lot of hard work from councillors, borough and parish, as well as residents, and from Sefton Council themselves who part funded the scheme to make sure it went ahead. Now we need to make sure that the road, or in particular the roads serving the road, are clearly marked and signed and as safe and driver-friendly as they can be."


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