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Campaigners welcome judicial review for controversial A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Road plans

16 February 2018

Sefton Council has had its application granted for judicial review into the flawed Highways England consultation over a major road planned through the Rimrose Valley country park.

Transport campaigners had criticised the consultation, where local people were only presented with two very damaging options and no real choice for the road. Other less damaging options, such as a road tunnel, were not given proper consideration.

Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner, 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. 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.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to Editors

  • Read Sefton Council’s press release here
  • Read Chris Todd’s blog on the alternatives not considered by Highways England for the Port of Liverpool Access Road
  • 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).