The Liverpool Echo has the story of the construction – see link above.
BUT, what is happening with regard to how goods are going to get to and from the port when the new river berth has been constructed and is in use? The Echo article makes reference to transhipment down the Manchester Ship Canal but that is not where all the addition freight is going to go.
Sefton Council, The Highways Agency, Network Rail and Liverpool City Council have been ‘looking into this’ for years yet we know precious little about the proposed solutions that are actually going to be proposed. Yes there’s been a lot of talk and speculation but real hard facts on which residents living near to the port and along the A5036 corridor to Switch Island can be fully consulted upon is hard to find indeed.
Is the old Aintree – Bootle freight railway line, which has been mothballed for years, going to be opened up again?
Do the Council really want to drive a new road down the Rimrose Valley Country Park?
What are the noise and air pollution consequences going to be of hundreds of additional diesel powered lorries thundering through Seaforth, Litherland and Netherton?
Is it not about time all this was debated in the open so that we all know what’s going on?