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News Report Page 5 of 6
Publication Date:-
2019-12-29
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Highways England response to Rimrose Valley Friends allegations

EVER since the A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme was announced, it has sparked a huge debate. The latest in this debate are allegations made by the  Rimrose Valley Friends, that we ran in the previous week's edition, about the level of Peel Ports' influence in Highways England's Scheme. In response spokesperson for Highways England said in a statement:- "We're committed to working with everyone affected by the proposals for a new bypass to the Port of Liverpool. Nearly 600 people attended our public events in Seaforth and Netherton in October, and we have received over 400 comments about the scheme on our website. We are also working with key stakeholders, such as Peel Ports, as part of the planning application process to understand anticipated traffic levels to and from the port in the future. We will hold a formal consultation next year once we have a preliminary design for the bypass so we can take into account as many views as possible, as we continue to develop our plans."

They also added some extra background information on the scheme as follows:- "Around 23,000 vehicles currently use the existing route of the A5036 every day, passing hundreds of homes and several schools in Litherland and Netherton. They include around 2,500 HGV's travelling to and from the Port, that is equivalent to 1 lorry joining the A5036 every 30 seconds. The proposed new 3 mile dual carriageway would take traffic away from communities by Church Road and Dunnings Bridge Road, reducing congestion and making journeys quicker and safer for residents and drivers."

We would love to hear your views on this very controversial project, so please do send our newsroom an email on the topic to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com or drop us a letter via the Post to:- Your Views, Southport and Mersey Reporter, 4a Post Office Ave, Southport, PR9 0US, UK. To be published you must give us your full name and contact information for validation of your letter/email.

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We have contacted Peel Ports' who we are told will be replying in the New Year, after the festive holidays.


Stena Line's newest ferry completes her 10,000 mile journey from China to Irish Sea

STENA Line's newest ferry Stena Estrid arrived in Holyhead this on Monday, 23 December 2019, after a 5 week 10,000 mile journey from the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in North Western China, where she was built. The 1st of 5 next generation Stena Line RoPax vessels to be completed at the shipyard, Stena Estrid sailed into the Welsh port, following a brief stop in Dublin for a successful berthing trial. Now Estrid will undergo final preparations before starting service on the Holyhead to Dublin route in mid-January 2019.  Manned by a much reduced crew of 27, with no passengers on board, Estrid has just completed an incredible voyage of well over 10,000 miles, with a number of stops along the way to refuel and stock up on fresh provisions. The 1st stage of the journey was a 2,657 nautical miles trip to Singapore, from where she progressed through the Malacca Straits to Galle in Sri Lanka, before crossing the Indian Ocean and making its way up through the Suez Canal. A trip across the Mediterranean Sea took Stena Estrid to Algeciras where she was joined by Onboard Sales and Services crew members to undertake familiarisation training during the final leg of her journey, which saw her travel through the Atlantic Ocean and across the Bay of Biscay before finally arriving at her new home in Holyhead this morning.

Speaking on arrival in Holyhead, Senior Master Matthew Lynch said:- "After 6 years of planning and construction, and 5 weeks of sailing around the world, it's hard to believe that we're finally here in Holyhead. It's been an amazing journey for all of us and I must say that I'm blown away by Estrid, from the way she looks, the quality of the build and finish, the facilities on board and. Of course, how she handles herself at sea. Anyone who knows me knows that my expectations are always very high and Estrid has far exceeded them! I've worked on passenger vessels for 24 years, 7 on cruise ships and 17 on ferries; and this ship really is revolution not evolution. During our 10,000 mile trip, she's been smooth, quiet, comfortable and very capable; performing well in all the conditions we faced. Now, we are so excited to be 'home' and look forward to welcoming the rest of my crew on board to see their reaction to Estrid! I am confident they will be just as impressed as I am with the ship. We really cannot wait to see how the ship is received by our guests when we embark on our maiden voyage to Dublin in a few weeks' time. I believe they are going to be blown away by it!"

At 215 metres in length, Stena Estrid has the space to carry 120 cars and 1,000 passengers, with a freight capacity of 3,100 lane meters, meaning a 50% increase in freight tonnage. A further 2 of the new ferries are also destined for the Irish Sea with Stena Edda expected to commence operations from Liverpool to Belfast next spring, and a third vessel Stena Embla to be introduced on the same route in early 2021. The introduction of these 2 ships will increase freight capacity on the Liverpool to Belfast route by 20%.

Did you know? Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including:- Holyhead to Dublin, Fishguard to Rosslare, Cairnryan to Belfast, Liverpool to Belfast, and Heysham to Belfast routes, a total of 232 weekly sailing options. Stena Line also offers a direct service between Rosslare to Cherbourg with 3 return crossings a week.

 
      
 
   
 
 
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