A5036 Port of Liverpool access

Upgrading the A5036 to improve access to the Port of Liverpool.

Region:  North West
Start date:  2022-23
Cost:  £163 million to £335 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2025
Programme:  

Have your say

Thank you to everyone who has used Commonplace to let us know how you use Rimrose Valley park. We’ve received a large amount of interesting comments, and we will spend time reviewing them all in the new year.

We want to remind you that Commonplace will close for new comments at the end of December 2019. If you haven’t yet had chance or have any further comments to make around how you use the park, please ensure you do so before the end of the month so we can consider your feedback.

We will not remove the Commonplace site on 1 January 2020, and you will still be able to read the comments made for some time yet, but you will not be able to post new comments. We need to analyse the comments that have been made to help us understand how the park is used now, and feed that understanding into the design process for the new road. Given the very high number of comments submitted, the start of the new year seems a good time to begin analysing them, allowing us plenty of time to consider this feedback within the design ahead of our next consultation in 2020.

Preview image of interactive map for letting us know how you use the Rimrose Valley Park area

Progress report

We have started Environmental surveys in Rimrose Valley, as outlined in the programme of surveys below. You can find more detail about our ground investigation surveys in the Environmental Impact section.

What's next?

We are continuing with our current survey work and analysing feedback received from our Commonplace site.

Survey work will become more noticeable from the end of January 2020, and we'll begin drilling boreholes and digging small trenches at a number of locations in and around Rimrose Valley.

To complete this work, we’ll need to have small drilling rigs and digging machinery on site for several weeks. By the time the surveys finish, the area will be returned to its present condition, with the boreholes and trenches filled in.

Our full programme of surveys

Environmental surveys

  • Vegetation surveys – September 2019, with further surveys next spring and summer
  • Habitat surveys – September to October 2019
  • Wintering birds surveys – September 2019 to April 2020
  • Otter surveys – November 2019 to June 2020
  • Bat roost inspections and surveys – November 2019 and April to September 2020
  • Breeding birds survey – April 2020 to August 2020
  • Badger survey – March, June and September 2020
  • Water vole survey – May and September 2020
  • Reptile surveys – March to May 2020
  • Amphibian surveys – April to June 2020
  • Landscape surveys – December 2019 to February 2020, and summer 2020
  • Water supplies surveys – November 2019
  • Cultural heritage surveys – October 2019 to April 2020
  • Noise surveys – January to March 2020
  • Air quality surveys – November 2019 to October 2020

Ground investigation and other surveys

  • Ground investigation surveys – January to March 2019
  • Traffic surveys – October to December 2019
  • CCTV/existing drainage survey – November to December 2019
  • Topographical and utilities surveys – October 2019 to January 2020
  • Non-motorised users and public rights of way surveys – November 2019 and spring/summer 2020

Community news

We'll continue to work with local representatives to identify opportunities to improve the overall environment for people in the area – both within the Rimrose Valley and along the current A5036.

Why we need this scheme

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 opening 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.

Aims

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

Environment impact

To develop a clear picture of the ground conditions, surveys are due to start in Rimrose Valley in January 2020, with safety being our number one priority.

A risk assessment has been carried out to understand what materials may be buried within the park, which has helped us plan how we can work safely.

Our plans include ensuring work sites are fenced off from the public, work is continually monitored, and specialist equipment is available if needed. We have shared these plans with the Health and Safety Executive.

Equipment will not be left on site overnight and trial pits will be filled in on the same day they are dug. Boreholes will have to remain in place for longer periods but will be securely covered or fenced off. Site staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

Residents have asked us about how we would deal with the discovery of hazardous materials. We have listed the tried and tested techniques below and an example of where we would work with specialists.

Asbestos - no specific locations in Rimrose Valley have been identified as containing asbestos but it is something that is frequently found in old tips and is a potential hazard we are aware of.

The main danger with asbestos is inhaling it as dust. Dampening the sites continuously reduces dust to negligible levels. Should significant dust or larger pieces of asbestos material be found, drilling work will be halted while the area is assessed further. If appropriate, work will stop altogether at that location and the area will be left safe.

Complying with Health and Safety guidance, larger pieces of asbestos may be removed for testing or left in place, whichever is judged to be safest. Records would then be updated to show where it is for later removal if necessary.

Anthrax - like a number of other contaminants, anthrax is only likely to be detected during laboratory testing of samples, so the best protection will be nitrile gloves, good hygiene and housekeeping to ensure that the contaminant is not spread. It is important to stress, there are no records of anthrax in Rimrose Valley. It is very rare and we do not expect to find it.

>Gas - drilling boreholes in old landfill sites is common in the UK. Methane and other noxious gases can be encountered underground. For this reason, monitoring equipment will be available at the drilling locations. Where gas is detected, work will be stopped if appropriate. The borehole may be either covered or left to vent, depending on the type and quantity of gas.

Heavy metals - as with anthrax, the presence of heavy metals is mostly likely to be detected during laboratory testing of bored samples, so the use of gloves and good hygiene and housekeeping apply here as well. This will be combined with clean drilling techniques, including the use of clay pellets and environmental seals, to prevent cross-contamination of soil or rock and draining into the water table. These approaches are also used to prevent the spread of other potential contaminants such as oils and coal tar.

Unexploded ordnance - using information from historic surveys, two locations have been identified in Rimrose Valley where unexploded ordnance (UXO) may be present. A UXO specialist has been consulted on how best to proceed in dealing with this potential hazard who has concluded the risk during the investigation is low. Survey staff have been briefed on the risks by the specialist. They will proceed carefully, calling on the specialist’s support as necessary. If UXO is found, it may be removed or left undisturbed, whichever is safest.

It is important to bear in mind that ground investigation work is not the same as removal. Ground investigation helps us gain a more detailed understanding of what is present on site and what may need removing or treating if the scheme receives planning permission. We will use the information gained from the surveys to develop plans for safe removal of any materials and share them at a later stage.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 11 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:46 pm
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 11 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:46 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:36 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:15 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:05 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 5:01 pm
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:30 from 24 January 2020 to 11 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:16 am
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 January 2020 to 06:00 on 25 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 24 January 2020 to 25 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 3 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 10 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 24 January 2020 to 06:00 on 18 April 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 January 2020 to 06:00 on 25 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 24 January 2020 to 20:00 on 24 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 27 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 10 February 2020 to 14 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 24 January 2020 to 06:00 on 18 April 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:14 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:03 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:23 am
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 3 February 2020 to 4 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 3:02 pm
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J3 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 27 January 2020 to 29 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 1:15 pm
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J5 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:30 from 27 January 2020 to 29 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 1:12 pm
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2020 to 05:00 on 27 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:34 am
Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2020 to 05:00 on 26 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:53 am
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 January 2020 to 05:00 on 26 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:53 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm

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