Link Road progress and opportunity to walk it for a great local charity 29th March

www.jospice.org.uk/110/section.aspx/109/new_year_new_road

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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Thornton to Switch Island Link Road – Progress seems slow now but Labour’s claims are fast and loose.

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 south towards Switch Island from Chapel Lane

Looking north from Chapel Lane towards Thornton.

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.

Thornton – Switch Island Link Road news update

Another of my reasonably regular updates on the progress of building this new road from Switch Island to Thornton.

These shots were taken from Chapel Lane in Netherton looking both north (you can see Sefton church in this shot) and south towards Switch Island. They were taken on 14th November. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Looks more like a canal being dug as recent heavy rain has been causing construction challenges!

Looks more like a canal being dug as recent heavy rain has been causing construction challenges!

The initial stone surface is going down in this view towards Switch Island.

The initial stone surface is going down in this view towards Switch Island.

Thornton – Switch Island Link Road

I have been tracking the progress of the building of this new road, on this blog site, for a while now having spent years campaigning for it with Thornton Parish residents in particular.

It was one of the highlights of my 30 years as a local councillor when the Coalition Government gave the project the green light but the real credit, as I have said before, goes to the people and Parish Council of Thornton who resurrected the previously killed off project. My contribution was to raise the issue within Sefton Council and then as Council Leader to take it to Regional political forms to gain support for the project. The rest as they say is history.

Here are a couple of shots of how things are changing around the junction of Long Lane and Southport Road in Thornton, where the new road will join the road through Ince Woods:-

Long Lane junction with Southport Rd, Thornton 22 10 14

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Switch Island – Thornton Link Road moves on apace

Progress on Broomscross Road, as it is to be called, is really moving on apace probably because of the excellent summer weather we have had.

It is to be called Broomscross Road after an historic cross that stood just to the east of Thornton where those carrying coffins to Sefton Church would rest on their sad journeys in times past. The new road passes close to the site of the cross.

I decided to have a look at progress of the road from a rarely seen location – Chapel Lane in Netherton (part of the Trans-Pennine Trail). This is a short dead-end (for vehicles) lane that serves just a few properties/farms off the Northern Perimeter Road. But there is an historic building here – have a look at this link for details:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Benet%27s_Chapel,_Netherton

This was the scene looking north and south a few days ago:-

From Chapel Lane looking south towards Switch Island.

From Chapel Lane looking south towards Switch Island.

From Chapel Lane looking north towards Thornton. You can just see the spire of Sefton Church on the right horizon.

From Chapel Lane looking north towards Thornton. You can just see the spire of Sefton Church on the mid-right horizon.

I can’t help but be pleased to see this progress after years of campaigning with the likes of Thornton Parish Council (who don’t get the credit they deserve in my book) to get this vital Link Road built.

The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/