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Sefton residents faced with ‘no choice’ on port access road

16 January 2017

Campaigners are criticising Highways England’s consultation on the A5036 Liverpool port access road, which begins today, for providing Sefton residents with no real choice.

Highways England’s first choice is to expand the existing road, which already suffers from toxic air pollution, to take even more HGV traffic. Its second option is to put a new road down the middle of Rimrose Valley, an important country park and green space.

The road is being justified on the back of the expansion of the port of Liverpool with its new deep water berth and its importance for the regional economy and employment.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“Highways England has given local people absolutely no choice whatsoever. Both options will impact heavily on the health of local people. They either lose an important green lung or face even more toxic air pollution on the existing road. Instead of promoting expensive and damaging new roads, the Government should look instead to its own Rail Freight Strategy, and make better use of rail freight connections across the North; this would be better news for the environment and the economy.

“We want to see a consultation with genuine choices for local people and a far greater investment in alternative solutions which are good for public health and the economy.”

To take part in the consultation visit: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a5036-port-of-liverpool-access-scheme/

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. More information on scheme is available on the Highways England website.
  2. Local campaigners are fighting both Highways England proposals: www.scar.network
  3. The Government’s Rail Freight Strategy is available here.
  4. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).