Thornton relief road funding confirmed

The government has confirmed it will provide funding for the Thornton relief road on Merseyside.

The bypass will run from Switch Island to Ince Blundell, taking traffic away from the Netherton and Thornton areas.

It was given the green light by the government in October, subject to Sefton Council's contribution to the scheme being approved.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said a revised funding bid from the council had now been accepted.

The bypass was the subject of an election row in May, when the Lib Dems claimed both Labour and the Tories would scrap it.

But the coalition government said the scheme would go ahead in the Comprehensive Spending Review last year.

The road, which will connect the Switch Island M57 and M58 interchange with the A565 to Crosby, is designed to reduce long tailbacks and delays along Green Lane, the major route through Thornton.

Plans for a Thornton bypass have been discussed for 40 years.

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