Sefton Central’s Labour MP Bill Esterson has welcomed the news that Sefton Council has done its bit in bringing the Thornton Relief Road to fruition.
At last week’s cabinet meeting, Sefton councillors approved the bid to the government for funding for the long awaited road. The government had asked Sefton to come back with a revised bid and to see how it could reduce costs.
Sefton has shaved several million off the bid and the government has said it will make a final decision next month about the project providing it is satisfied that Sefton has come back with its best price.
Bill Esterson, the Labour MP for Central Sefton has pushed the government to go ahead with the road since his election in May.
Bill said: “The government minister, Philip Hammond told me in the House of Commons that if Sefton came back with a revised bid he would give the final go ahead in January. It seems that Sefton Council has done its bit so its down to the government now.
"Mr Hammond approved the scheme last month so hopefully this is a formality. What we need now is a start date so that the years of waiting can finally end.
"The road is much needed by residents and by business alike and many people across Sefton have worked very hard to get the road built.
"I hope that they are about to be rewarded and that there is some good news for Sefton people among the very bad news about the completely over the top cuts being inflicted on Sefton by the Tory-Lib Dem government.
"While the cuts are going to hurt a lot of people very badly, at least if the road does go ahead there will be some support for the local economy even if it is no where near enough to counteract the impact of the cuts.
"I will now be pressing for the road to be built as soon as possible.”