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.
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.