A5036 Port of Liverpool AccessRecently updated

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

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

In September 2017 we announced a dew dual carriageway bypass through the Rimrose Valley would be taken forward as what we call the ‘preferred route’.

We considered a range of factors before making our decision between two options – 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.

What next?

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.

Timeline

Date Event
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

Community news

We will 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.

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 scheme

The 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 – 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.

Aims

We 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
By supporting the expansion of the Port of Liverpool and other planned developments in this area, this scheme will:
  • meet the needs of future traffic growth
  • benefit the local economy
  • provide local jobs

Environment impact

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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Location : The M53 southbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 1 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 4:07 pm
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 1 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 2:22 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 May 2018 to 05:00 on 17 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2018 to 05:00 on 29 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A5139 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 07:00 from 1 June 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 3 June 2018 to 6 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M53 northbound exit slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 May 2018 to 05:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M53 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 07:00 on 30 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 May 2018 to 1 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 07:00 from 1 June 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 3 June 2018 to 8 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 31 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2018 to 05:00 on 16 June 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 June 2018 to 05:00 on 17 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M53 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:00 on 8 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 31 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2018 to 05:00 on 16 June 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 June 2018 to 05:00 on 17 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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