A5036 Port of Liverpool access

Creating a new road between Switch Island and Princess way to improve access to the Port of Liverpool and bypass the existing A5036.

Start date 2020-2025
End date Roads period 2 (2025-2030)
Cost £163 million to £335 million

Latest updates

  • 17 February 2021

    Ground investigation surveys update

    Our surveyors are currently carrying out regular checks of the boreholes that were installed in Rimrose Valley as part of the ground investigation work at the beginning of last year.

    Surveyors will make monthly checks on groundwater levels until summer this year. The information collected is helping us to develop a detailed understanding of the ground conditions in the valley.

    Impact of COVID-19 - September 2020

    Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have faced some delays on activities which we need to carry out to develop the project, including analysing the results of the ground investigation surveys. We’ve also postponed a number of environmental surveys as some of these could not be carried out safely while following social distancing, or because the results would not provide an accurate reflection of normal conditions.   

    We are working to understand the overall impact of the virus on the project schedule, and to develop plans on how we can continue to complete the required activities. It is important that we have accurate data available so we can design the road as effectively as possible.

    It is uncertain how much longer the pandemic will continue to disrupt progress, but it is clear that we’ll be unable to hold our next consultation this year. We understand this will be disappointing to everybody who wants to formally have their say on the proposals, and we wanted to thank you for your patience.

    We are continuing to develop the scheme, and we’ll update stakeholders and share our proposals for the design of the road, along with the findings of the surveys, as soon as we can.

    We hope that things will become clearer soon, and we’ll provide more updates on this web page.

Project information


The A5036 between the Switch Island Interchange and Princess Way is a key commuter route, as well as the main access connecting the Port of Liverpool with the motorway network.

The road currently suffers from severe congestion, which causes delays, safety issues, and environmental concerns. The Port of Liverpool is set to become even busier with the on-going development of Liverpool2, which will add to the pressure on the A5036.

The proposed bypass will take traffic away from communities by Church Road and Dunnings Bridge Road, reducing congestion at junctions and along local roads.

Improving the A5036 will make journeys safer, quicker and more reliable as well as improving local life and regional economic growth.

The A5036 Port of Liverpool project is known as a Nationally Significant Project (NSIP). This means that we must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to proceed with the project.

This short video has more information.

Our key aims for the scheme are to: 

  • improve traffic conditions 
  • improve safety on the route for all road users and road workers 
  • minimise environmental impacts and protect/enhance the environment 
  • support economic growth 
  • improve accessibility and integration 
  • reduce future maintenance requirements 
  • provide value for money 


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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