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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 (3068982)
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by Tom Martin

THE opening of the new link road between Switch Island and Thornton has been delayed again – but Sefton Council has promised it will take place on Wednesday, August 19.

It was reported recently that the eagerly-awaited date would be the first week of August, but this has been pushed back for what motorists will hope is the final time.

The multi-million pound road will be able to welcome its first vehicles along the 2.8mile stretch to bring an end to 20 months of work.

Construction began in January 2014 and was originally expected to take around 12 months but there have been a number of delays along the way.

The new road is expected to reduce peak hour journey times by up to seven minutes between Thornton and Switch Island.

It will also take high volumes of ‘through traffic' out of the communities of Netherton and Thornton.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I am very pleased that this much needed road is about to open. The need for a bypass has been clear for many years and I am sure that the Broom's Cross Road will be welcomed both by motorist and by local residents. 

”I know that local residents have had to put up with a fair amount of disruption during the construction of the road and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their patience.“ 

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: ”As can often be the case with major projects like this, we have had to face some unexpected challenges along the way, but I am sure that everyone will now benefit from the opening of the Broom's Cross Road. Not only will it improve traffic flow in the surrounding area, it will also reduce congestion and traffic noise for residents in local communities.“ 

Peter Commins, from Balfour Beatty, the road's main contractor, added: ”Through a whole team effort, construction of the project has provided jobs for local people, promoted local economic growth and offered opportunities for nearby schools, community groups and charities. It will leave a lasting legacy which everyone can be proud of.“ 

The new Thornton to Switch Island link road will open to motorists on the evening of Wednesday, August 19.

The newly completed 2.8 mile road will be known as the A5758 Broom's Cross Road and is named after Broom's Cross, the site of a medieval wayside cross near Thornton. 


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