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Friday, 18 October 2013 (3044239)
First glimpse oflink road work
by Tom Martin

The first glimpse of the long-awaited Link Road between Thornton and Switch Island can now be seen as contractors make initial markings.

The multi-million pound project will bring an end to over 60 years of speculation and be a relief to commuters with the road expected to ease congestion in the area.

The full work can only begin once the scheme has final approval from the Department for Transports - but it is believed that this will happen by late November.

A mechanical digger is currently making a number of trenches as part of the survey work required to meet planning conditions for the £19million project. 

Leader of Sefton Council, Councillor Peter Dowd, said: “It was great to visit the site and see the actual route that the road will take once we get the final funding approval from the DfT. Hopefully this will be in the very near future.

”The road is now fully designed, the required land is in place, and our contractors Balfour Beatty are on stand by waiting for the final go ahead.

“We are keener than ever to get going on this fantastic project which will have massive benefits for residents, motorists and the local economy.”

The new road will be called the A5758 Broom's Cross Road. Broom's Cross is the site of a medieval wayside cross near Thornton. 

Thornton Parish Council member 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 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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