In September 2017 we announced a dew dual carriageway bypass through the Rimrose Valley would be taken forward as what we call the â€˜preferred routeâ€™.
We considered a range of factors before making our decision between two options â€“ a package of improvements to the existing A5036 (option A) or a new bypass (option B). The bypass was chosen, as it is the best solution to cope with the anticipated growth in traffic expected as a result of future housing and growth in the area. This includes the predicted growth in HGV traffic following the completion of the Liverpool2 development.
Our commitment is also to alleviate the strain on the current A5036 route and make it safer for both road users and the local community. The bypass offers significant safety advantages because there are fewer road junctions and it also facilitates a safer A5036 for pedestrians and cyclists.
We are continuing to develop our designs based on our chosen option, including making a number of environmental assessments within the Rimrose Valley.
Within the Rimrose Valley, we will be carrying out various ground investigations throughout 2018, which will complement our earlier environmental assessments. This will all inform the design of the bypass and details are provided within the timeline section below.
We will endeavour to ensure that the impacts of any surveys are kept to a minimum. We will also work closely with local stakeholders to keep the community fully informed on the progress of the surveys and when they are likely to begin.
|Spring 2018||Assessments on the water environment, landscape, geology and soils, landscape and archaeology as well as a bat inspection and hibernation check|
|April to July 2018||Surveys on noise, habitats and water voles|
|May to September 2018||Bat emergence survey|
|Summer/Autumn 2018||Further consultation with the public|
|Spring 2019||Submission of planning application, subject to approvals|
We will continue to work with local representatives to identify opportunities to improve the overall environment for people in the area â€“ both within the Rimrose Valley and along the current A5036.
We intend to begin hosting focus group sessions for which we will soon be seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to get involved.
We will hold conversations with key stakeholders to ensure we reduce the loss of any habitats during the construction of the new road. We aim to work alongside local community groups, to identify opportunities to enhance the remaining areas of the valley and also any areas along the existing route.
Why we need this schemeThe Port of Liverpool is one of the country's largest ports for freight goods and the busiest port in the North West. It makes a significant contribution to the local economy and is an important source of employment for the local community. At the moment access is via the existing A5036, which is an urban dual carriageway. This links the port with the Switch Island Interchange of the M57 and M58, which in turn link to the M62 and M6 respectively. With the opening of Liverpool2 the Port of Liverpool is set to become even busier â€“ but growth is dependent upon freight being able to access the port. The A5036 already suffers from a high level of congestion. If we do nothing, the situation will only get worse once Liverpool2 opens.
AimsWe aim to:
- reduce congestion on the A5036
- improve journey time reliability for drivers
- improve safety along the route
- improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
- re-connect local communities
- meet the needs of future traffic growth
- benefit the local economy
- provide local jobs
We have previously carried out initial assessments of the impact of the bypass on a number of key environmental aspects including air quality and noise on these living and working in the community. The predicted future traffic growth, particularly in heavy goods vehicles, means that all of our assessments have to be based on future traffic forecasts rather than current traffic figures. This allows us to accurately compare the effects of constructing the bypass to a scenario where nothing is done.
Early assessments have concluded that by encouraging traffic to use the new bypass, it would improve the air quality for residents along the bypassed section of the A5036. Residents living immediately next to the Rimrose Valley could experience poorer air quality, however these changes are expected to be small and well below UK and EU air quality limits. Similarly with noise, the bypass would introduce some increase within the relatively quiet Rimrose Valley. Further environmental assessments are ongoing.
We will be working with stakeholders and the local community to discuss the mitigation measures we need to put in place to reduce any negative environmental impacts.
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