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Sefton Council's call for judicial review of the Port of Liverpool Access Road consultation welcomed

23 October 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed Sefton Council’s call for a judicial review into the way Highways England carried out the recent consultation on the A5036 Port of Liverpool access road.

The council is calling for a review because local people were only presented with two very damaging options for the road, with other less damaging options not given proper consideration, providing people with no real choice at all.

Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport, said: “We welcome this intervention by Sefton Council and its determination to safeguard the future health and well-being of its residents. Whatever the outcome, it is another example of the dissatisfaction around the country at the way Highways England engages local communities. We think Highways England needs to review the way it consults on road schemes to ensure that a full range of options is included.

“The problems faced in Liverpool also point to a failure of strategic planning: expanding a port before working out how to improve access to it without causing massive harm. Other countries plan port expansion alongside rail and road access and spend money to make this access acceptable locally. In particular, Liverpool's port expansion should not have been authorised ahead of any rail upgrade.”

Today’s call for a judicial review comes on the back of a series of harsh criticisms over the way that Highways England carries out its consultations; both the lack of choices provided and the length of time allowed to respond. It was criticised over the A303 at Stonehenge, where there was effectively only one option and no options presented that would not damage the World Heritage Site. On the same corridor it was challenged by communities on expanding the A358 and is now having to re-consult over a section of its proposals. There have also been criticisms of its consultation on the A27 at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing-Lancing and on the Lower Thames Gateway, mainly over lack of choice and the exclusion of less damaging options.

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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. Read Sefton Council’s press release here
  2. Read Chris Todd’s blog on the alternatives not considered by Highways England for the Port of Liverpool Access Road
  3. Read our press release on the A27 proposals
  4. Read about the problems with the Lower Thames Crossing here
  5. Read about the issues with the A303 at Stonehenge here
  6. 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).