Laura Sharman 24 October 2017

Council leader warns of legal action over dual carriageway decision

Council leader warns of legal action over dual carriageway decision

The leader of Sefton Council has called for a judicial review into the decision by Highways England to build a £200m dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley.

Cllr Ian Maher said the council had put forward the option of building a tunnel rather than upgrading the A5036 or building the new road but this was ‘disregarded’ by Highways England in its consultation process.

Cllr Maher said: ‘We know that our communities have felt absolutely devastated since the announcement in August by Highways England that their preferred option is to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley.

‘The way the whole process has been handled beggars believe and the more I have thought about it, the more I believe that we have grounds to challenge and are calling for a judicial review on the matter.’

He is calling on Highways England to withdraw its decision and re-open the consultation process.

A spokesman for Highways England said: 'The options for the vital improvement to the Port of Liverpool route were developed in accordance with long-standing procedures including cost benefit assessments which we are obliged by government rules to consider. Due to the high cost, a tunnel was ruled out as a serious option at a very early stage but we believe the bypass option will deliver real benefits to local people – including along what will become the old A5036 – as well as to the local and regional economy with faster, more reliable journeys between the port and motorway network along the new road.

Highways England remains committed to a dialogue with local people about the future of the route and, of course, there will a statutory process to complete before the bypass can be constructed.'

 
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