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‘Bad choice is no choice’ – calls for Liverpool port access road consultation to be rerun

27 February 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has called for the consultation on the A5036 Liverpool port access road to be rerun with proper options and real choice for local people.

The current consultation, which ends today, only offers two options for improving road access to the Port of Liverpool. The first involves expanding the current road and the second involves building a new dual carriageway through the Rimrose Valley.

Campaigners argue that by only giving local residents the choice between destroying their country park or taking more traffic and pollution down the already heavily polluted A5036 corridor, Highways England has failed to provide any really options for local residents.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Highways England is basically asking local people to choose between the lesser of two evils. That does not constitute a proper consultation. Bad choice is no choice and is completely unacceptable. The Department of Transport needs to intervene and come up with a package of measures which focuses on rail freight and traffic reduction in order to provide good access to the port without harming local communities. The consultation should then be rerun with these increased options.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information on the proposed A5036 Liverpool port access road plans see here.
  2. The consultation ends at midnight on Monday 27 February 2017. You can take part here.
  3.  Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).