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£18 million for busy roads in Merseyside

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A5758 Broom’s Cross road improvement scheme has been given approval to start

Congestion on some of Sefton’s busiest roads is set to be eased, thanks to £18 million improvement works.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has given approval for work on the A5758 Broom’s Cross road (Thornton to Switch Island Link) scheme to start.

Baroness Kramer said:

This scheme will ease congestion and cut pollution on some of Sefton’s busiest roads.

The £14.5 million we are putting into this project shows that the coalition government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth both locally and nationally.

The scheme consists of a new 2.6 mile single carriageway road between the A565 Southport Road, Thornton and the M57/M58 Switch Island junction, bypassing the local communities of Netherton and Thornton north of Liverpool.

It will improve access between the north to west motorway system and Southport, as well as to the Port of Liverpool and development sites in the area.

The A5758 Broom’s Cross Road (Thornton to Switch Island Link) scheme was one of the schemes given funding approval in 2011 as part of the Spending Review process. Work can now start on the initial elements of the scheme.

Today’s (26 November 2013) announcement grants full (final) approval to the A5758 Broom’s Cross Road (Thornton to Switch Island Link), promoted by Sefton MBC, enabling work to begin.

Works will start in November and be complete by October 2014.

The department will provide a maximum of £14.5 million towards the full scheme cost of £18.325 million.

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