A5036 Port of Liverpool access

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

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £163 million to £335 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We've been asked by the Government to deliver an improvement to the route between the Port of Liverpool and the motorway network at Switch Island. 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 through the Rimrose Valley (option B).

Our proposal for a bypass, announced in September 2017 as what we call the 'preferred route', has taken account of a wide range of factors including environmental and economic concerns and opportunities.

The bypass proposal balances the concerns of people living along the existing road, the requirement on us to develop a proposal within national financial guidelines and the need to invest in a strategic road network which is fit for the future and contributes to the economic well-being of Merseyside and the whole of the north.

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're continuing to develop our designs based on our chosen option.

What's next?

We're reviewing all of the feedback we've received to see how it can be addressed prior to our next round of public consultations. This round will look to involve everyone, and will underline our commitment to constructing a bypass that improves facilities in the park and provides alternative opportunities in terms of improved air quality, community connectivity and better, safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists along the existing road.

As a result of this feedback review, there will be an impact on the current programme. Further details on next steps, including proposed dates for consultation, will be provided once we've completed the review.

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 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 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 the area, the scheme will:

  • meet the needs of future traffic growth
  • benefit the local economy
  • provide local jobs

Environment impact

We've 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'll work with stakeholders and the local community to discuss the measures we need to put in place to reduce any negative environmental impacts.

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Location : The M53 northbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 31 December 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 5:02 pm
Location : The A5139 eastbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A59 eastbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M53 northbound. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M53 northbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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