Rimrose Valley Country Park – Latest news about HE’s new road

I was sent this yesterday from Highways England as a Lydiate Parish Councillor:-

‘As you will be aware, we faced a legal challenge regarding our preferred route choice for the A5036 Port of Liverpool access scheme. This was lodged in November 2017 and heard by the court in October 2018. The court ruled in favour of the preferred route option but naturally the challenge has impacted on the 2019 construction date. We now expect to start work in late 2022 or early 2023.

We are fully committed to working alongside our partners and local community to ensure we have a solution which benefits everyone.

Traffic will only increase on the existing road and wider network beyond the Port of Liverpool. The bypass proposal we are looking to take forward will not only address congestion in these areas but improve the quality of life for those living along the existing road. It will also provide more reliable journeys and improved links to the region whilst future proofing the network.

The bypass will also enable the regions aspirations for economic growth. The improved road network will benefit proposals for new housing and commercial developments as well as servicing Liverpool2.’

I have not copied the whole of the text just the relevant part of it, I would add.

Clearly the determination of Highways England to move forward with this new road despite very significant opposition is a huge disappointment to those of us who oppose a new road being driven through this country park.

An idyllic view of Rimrose Valley Country Park

But knowing how equally determined Rimrose Valley Friends are to try to stop the new road being built there are bound to be more twists and turns in this ongoing battle of wills.

Rimrose Valley Country Park map.

One thought on “Rimrose Valley Country Park – Latest news about HE’s new road

  1. Bob Jungels says:

    I’m doing by best to hound the local politicians, Tony. I’m not sure what more we can do, collectively.
    Either way, once again, the government is pulling out all the stops to ensure the car comes first here. Congestion problem? No problem! Just build a new road!
    Is it any wonder why people with half a brain (such as me and you) are so incensed by this kind of development?
    Have we not learnt ANYTHING from the mistakes of the 1960s and 70s?
    Nothing changes!!

    I saw a cracking video on Twit the other day about why neo-liberal economics ultimately fails the people.
    Because these days, every single transport project – no matter how large or small – is subject to the most intense “cost-benefit analysis” / economic business case.
    Literally EVERYTHING today is about economic justification.
    But what about social investment?

    As the video pointed out, the way things are going, perhaps there isn’t even a need for street lighting any more? So if you want your street light on outside, you put your money in a meter to turn it on. Well, why not? Why not cut street lighting to save on money too? If there’s no money to be made in it, why fund it?

    Same with our libraries. According to neo-liberal economic principles, there is no place in our economy for libraries. Again, there’s no money to be made. And as only small numbers of people use them (on the whole), why continue to subsidise them? The exact same principles were applied to our rail network in the 1960s when Beeching wielded his axe, leaving us with a threadbare network now bursting at the seams (WCML for example).

    But of course, libraries are social investments and should be protected. We all know this. And the same applies to our transport infrastructure too.

    And this is why I, like Corbyn, believe our rail network needs to be brought back under state control, and why holistically, we need to STOP reacting to road problems by handing over billions of pounds to Highways England every year to build more roads, and instead try looking for more innovative, sustainable solutions to take more of our freight (and people) off our roads, and onto an efficient rail network, fit for the 21st century.

    Under the current system (both politically and economically) it simply is not possible to work in this way – i.e. a fully integrated national transport infrastructure system that is deadly serious about tackling this so-called climate emergency by investing ONLY in solutions that future-proof our transport network, and therefore environment, for the next 100 years and beyond.

    No matter what Tony might say, Liberal Democratic policies are simply not compatible to work within the framework of the current system. The semi-privatisation of the rail and bus network is a millstone round our necks, and the only way we truly get to grips with it, is to remove this millstone once and for all.


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