This must rank as one of the oddest and most ridiculous things that I have come across in recent times.
Lancashire County Council must be having an off moment if they think Ormskirk’s traffic congestion is going to be resolved in any way by the building of the Switch Island – Thornton Link Road in Sefton. Apart from anything else this soon to be constructed new road is miles away from Ormskirk! Do they really think that folk driving to Southport will continue 2 more junctions down the M58 to Switch Island, in the opposite direct to Southport, and then go north again via this hugely circuitous route rather than go straight through Ormskirk?
As an excuse for not solving Ormskirk’s traffic congestion this must rank as bizarre at best yet an allegedly credible transport document for Lancashire is proposing just this. Below is a direct quote from LCC’s West Lancashire Highways and Transportation Masterplan Consultation Draft dated November 2013:-
‘a study commissioned into the M58 to Southport corridor has suggested that with the opening of the Thornton – Switch Island link, traffic reductions will mean that a bypass will no longer be the most cost effective way to solve Ormskirk’s congestion issues’
Can you imagine sat navs taking drivers on this 10 mile or more detour when the direct route from the M58 (Junction 3) is through Ormskirk and on via the A570 to Southport?