M57 road surface – Fixed at last!

My spies tell me that Highways England have at last addressed the terrible state of the road surface on the M57 between the M62 and Prescot junctions, northbound carriageway inside lane.

I can’t have been the only person to complain about the appalling way the pot holes have been filled in, seeming by just chucking lumps of tarmac in them and not even rolling the surface flat!

And its been like that for a long time, my posting about it is from 30th June 2015! :-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/30/investment-in-merseysides-motorways-a5036/

Well at least they got around to it in the end!

With thanks to my spotter Keith Page of Lydiate

‘Ground survey set to assess potential for Rimrose Valley road’

This was the headline in the Champion newspaper on 19th August and a sobering one it is too.

How many times have I commented on the complete lack of foresight and preparation for the soon to be completed river berth at Seaforth Docks? I lose count I really do but to consider churning up a Country Park for a relief road beggars belief. My last posting is here:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/08/04/lancashire-life-magazine-expansion-at-seaforth-dock/

Yes I know the Highways Agency (now Highways England) has been considering this option for years now, so long indeed that no one can quite recall when they first thought of it!

Frankly this carry on is probably the biggest local scandal to afflict the south of Sefton Borough. With the river berth about to be opened later this year virtually nothing has been done (except for the recent works to the big roundabout in Seaforth) to address the increased HGV traffic and the air pollution it brings with it.

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships.

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships.

Click on the photo to enlarge it

It’s as though no one has realised or wanted to realise that building the river berth for much larger ships will have significant environmental consequences for Seaforth, Waterloo, Bootle, Netherton etc. Only in the UK could we get ourselves into such a muddle of wishing an end result (bigger ships, better port facilities, more trade etc.) without at the same time planning for the movement of freight from the docks to the Motorway network and onto the rail network. Yet here we are in that muddle and one of the ‘solutions’, possibly the only one we presently know of, is to build a new road right through a County Park in a densely populated area.

Where are the improved rail facilities up to? Who if anyone is planning for them? Do Network Rail have a project in their sights to use the rail freight facility in its present guise to its greatest potential? Is the mothballed Aintree – Bootle line going to be brought back into use to help expand the rail freight capacity? Is the Seaforth dock railway link to be electrified so to relieve the communities living near to the rail line from diesel pollution?

So many questions but only a new road through a Country Park on the agenda or so it seems!

The photo above is also amongst on by Flickr page at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Lancashire Life Magazine – Expansion at Seaforth Dock

Thumbing through a July 2015 copy of this magazine in a local coffee shop I came across a really positive spin article about the new river berth dock at Seaforth and the extra freight traffic that will go through it from later this year.

The present Seaforth Docks and hinterland

The present Seaforth Docks and hinterland

This is a subject I have comment on before but this article really brought home to me how out of sync Sefton Council, the Highways Agency and Network Rail are with the project.

The obvious question is why have these public sector agencies and the Council not brought forward, for public inspection and consultation, any firm proposals to deal with freight access to the port bearing in mind that increased levels of heavy good lorries are going to be thundering through Netherton & Bootle very soon indeed?

It’s not as if they don’t know about the port expansion or the negative consequences that it could well have on the environment and the Netherton/Bootle/Seaforth communities. Indeed, they have known about it for a long, long time.

To quote from the Lancashire Life article it says ‘In December this year Peel Ports massive new Liverpool complex comes into operation’ and ‘It’s been a long time in the planning’.

Well one thing is for sure the Council, Highways Agency and Network Rail seem to have been a long time in the snoozing as goodness knows how long it will be before they have a solution to the increased lorries and associated air pollution that they bring to the south Sefton communities.

Investment in Merseyside’s Motorways & A5036

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/years-delays-ahead-merseyside-motorways-9557052

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

The investment in the A5036 from Switch Island to Seaforth Docks is not detailed in the Echo story but then again it would seem that they (the Highways Agency) are not even close to a firm proposals position as yet i.e. they are still pondering upgrading the A5036 or putting a new road down the Rimrose Valley Country Park or indeed both! My previous post of a few days ago refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/26/access-to-the-port-of-liverpool-getting-there-slowly/

By the way have you driven along the M57 (northbound carriageway) between the junction with the M62 and the Prescot turn off? If you have you will probably be thinking about those mounds of tarmac in the slow lane that have appeared in recent times. I assume they are meant to fill in potholes but they are are raised up well above the rest of the road surface and drivers can be seen trying to avoid them by weaving around them! Yes, I know, this is a motorway for goodness sake surely the Highways Agency can fix potholes properly, can’t they?

A5036 – Dunningsbridge Road – A road leading to delays

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-road-named-one-britains-8650080#ICID=sharebar_email

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

It is interesting to see that Dunningsbridge Road is now officially classified as a ‘delay road’ something that regular users of it will not need to be told.

BUT with Seaforth Docks set to expand with a new river berth taking Post Panamax size ships the situation can only get worse!

Supposedly, in non-smoke filled rooms, Sefton Council, the Highways Agency, Network Rail etc. are beavering away at solutions but little is known of these deliberations. It’s about time the powers that be put their proposed solutions before us don’t you think?

Switch Island & A59 come to mind – Drivers who litter targeted

The Telegraph recently reported that motorists who allow rubbish to be thrown from their cars could be prosecuted as part of an attempt by ministers to make dropping rubbish as “socially unacceptable as drink driving”.

The Government is looking at making it easier for councils to fine those who throw litter from cars, cutting down on roadside rubbish which costs millions of pounds to clean up. The plans are part of a push to clean up Britain’s streets and achieve a “cultural change” towards littering.

This has to be good news as this anti-social habit seems to be on the rise in recent times. The amount rubbish and litter that surrounds Switch Island and also along the A59 through Maghull & Lydiate can be staggering. What’s more, we all have to pay for it to be cleaned up by Sefton Council and the Highways Agency. I was stopped in the street about this very sort of anti-social behaviour/environmental crime by a local resident only last week. His concern was that Sefton Council did not clear the A59 often enough.

Can’t wait to see the Liverpool Echo run a photo of the first person to be caught littering from their car window in and around Maghull.