It certainly is well behind time now with a date in May being identified for opening this time.
Environmental campaigners that I work with seem unsurprised at the water logged land that the construction company have been bogged down in though.
Here are a few photo’s of the Thornton end of the new road as it looked a few of days ago:-
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I notice that Labour are still trying to claim credit for getting the road built when it was really the campaigning of the people and Parish Council of Thornton. And let’s not forget that despite 13 years in Government Labour never gave the road the green light. It took the Coalition Government to do that but the credit goes to the people and Parish Council in my book every time!
This photo was taken by the contractors working on the new link road from Switch Island to Thornton:-
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Maghull is visible in the top right with Netherton in the bottom left. Switch Island is just above mid way on the right with Thornton being in the distance to the mid left of the photo. You can see the course of the new road left to right.
The building of this new road comes down to the campaigning of Thornton residents and Thornton Parish Council.
This was the scene on Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village on Friday 30th January:-
Street lamps are being erected and the junction with the new Broomscross Road is taking shape, all down to the campaigning of Thornton Parish Council and Thornton residents who were and are desperate for a by-pass around their congested community.
The link above gives details of a great fundraising event for the Jospice at Thornton.
Here is a photo of the present stage of works taken last Friday at Brickwall Lane:-
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I went to Chapel Lane Netherton last Friday to check up on the progress of the new Link Road. Here are a couple shots I took:-
Looking south towards Switch Island from Chapel Lane
Looking north from Chapel Lane towards Thornton.
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Not sure how long it will be before Broomscross Road (for that is what it is to be called) will be open but it seems some time off from the present state of the works.
Interestingly, Labour are still squirming on this hook as they try to find a way to claim credit for the new road. A Labour leaflet presently doing the rounds says that Labour fought for the road and that Labour-run Sefton Council has made a contribution ‘to ensure the scheme would get the green light’. Of course the truth is somewhat different as I have said before – The credit goes to the people and Parish Council of Thornton, without their steadfast campaigning this road would not be being built now. And Labour never gave the road the green light when in government; it was given by the Coalition Government. Oh, and just for the record the contribution from Sefton Council was a condition of the project from day one and it was agreed by all-parties on what was then a ‘balanced’ Sefton Council. The comrades are trying to re-write history yet again.
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This was the scene on Brickwall Lane, Sefton Village last week as curb stones associated with the junction of the new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road (to be called Brooms Cross Road) were being laid in.