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Friday, 27 September 2013 (3043444)
At last! Thornton link road set to be given green light
by Tom Martin

A MULTI-MILLION pound link road between Thornton and Netherton is set to be given the green light and work is expected to begin in November.

It will bring an end to over 60 years of speculation as builders have now made the first markings to offer a glimpse of how the road might look for motorists.

But the full construction, which will cost £19 million, can only begin once the scheme has final approval from the Department for Transports - but it is believed that this will happen as early as November.

It is hoped it will ease congestion for cars in Thornton as well as the Switch Island area and the news has been welcomed by Sefton's Cabinet Member for Transportation, Cllr John Fairclough.

He said: “These are exciting times in this long link road journey. The route has been set out with marker posts now that the council has formally acquired the necessary land and legal orders.

 ”Later in November, our contractors Balfour Beatty are due to move on site and this will include setting up the main works compound which will be adjacent to Brickwall Lane.“

The Leader of Sefton Council,  Cllr Peter Dowd, said: ”A lot of planning and legal work has been going on behind the scenes for many months and I can assure residents that we are all really keen to get the main work underway as quickly as possible.

 “The road will not only bring huge benefits for people travelling through the area but will significantly improve the environment for local residents in Thornton and Netherton.” 

The new road will be named after the medieval wayside cross near Thornton, Broom's Cross, so it will be officially called A5758 Broom's Cross Road.

A councillor from the Thornton Parish Council, Ken Hounsell, said: “It was some 60 years ago that the idea of a bypass for Thornton was first considered and numerous schemes have been put out for public consultation in that time.

”The failure to progress those schemes has lead to the congestion and pollution which we experience today.

“The project and design teams at Sefton Council must also be delighted at the prospect of their hard work coming to fruition with the news that contractors are about to move onto the site thus converting the dream into reality.

”The construction of the road will bring a great deal of relief both to local residents who live in the Thornton area and to others who use the heavily congested and polluted roads in the Parish.

However, he admits that local residents and motorists may have to put up with more congestion in order for the road to be built.

“I fear that we might have to suffer a little more pain and congestion once the main construction work begins but am certain that when completed, Brooms Cross Road will be beneficial to the residents of Thornton and the side effects of the construction process will be well worth bearing.”


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