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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-17

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Reminder over M56 and A5036 options consultations closing date

RESIDENTS across Merseyside and Cheshire are being reminded that consultations over 2 major road improvements; delivering better journeys and a multi million pound boost for the local and regional economy; will end in a few days time.  The 6 week public consultations over Highways England's shortlisted options for a brand new Junction 11a along the M56 near Runcorn in Cheshire; serving the new Mersey Gateway bridge; and improvements to the A5036 Port of Liverpool route, on Merseyside, which started back in January 2017 and closes on Monday, 27 February 2017. The consultation included a series of public information events near both locations. Money for each of the improvements is included within the Government's ?15 billion 'Road Investment Strategy' and as well as improving journeys for commuters and commercial road users, it will support future investment in jobs and housing. Tristram Bardrick, Highways England's project manager for the M56 Junction 11a scheme, said:- "Whether it's been from people attending one of our public information exhibitions or filling in a questionnaire, we've had a fantastic response to both consultations and everyone's views will be considered as we work towards determining which of the options to take forward to the next stage of design for a start of work before the end of 2020 We would like to thank people who've been involved so far and encourage anyone with an interest in either of the 2 projects to let us know what they think by Monday week."

Carl Stockton, Highways England's project manager for the A5036 scheme, said:- "While we have had a tremendous response so far with over 1,000 questionnaires completed and returned; either through the digital link or in the post direct to the team; we want to hear as many views as possible by 27 February 2017."

The options for the A5036 link between the motorway network, at Switch Island and the Port of Liverpool, remain a choice between improving the existing road or building a brand new bypass through Rimrose Valley, although some of the ideas have changed. New plans include modifying suggested junction improvements along the existing road to reduce the impact for local people. Options for the new M56, Junction 11a, including 2 different ideas for modifying the existing Murdishaw Roundabout, with the A553 Southern Expressway. An option for a new Junction West of Murdishaw Roundabout has now been discounted.

More information, including consultation brochures and electronic versions of the questionnaires are available online:-  A5036 - M56 Junction 11a.

Anyone with any questions about how to get involved can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on:- 0300 123 5000.

Please see our previous report on this issue by clicking on these links...
'Have your say'  -  Port of Liverpool Access Scheme.


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