The main route to the Port of Liverpool is to be redeveloped ahead of the opening of a new deep-water terminal.
The A5036 is the main link between the port and the motorway network. The new terminal, called Liverpool2, is a £300M deep-water container terminal that will mean the port can handle two vessels at the same time, increasing the number of containers it can handle each day from 4,000 to 13,000. It is managed by Peel Ports.
There are two options to upgrade the A5036, the first is to upgrade the existing road focusing on four junctions and the second is to build a new road through the Rimrose Valley. There will be a consultation on the plans in the autumn and work will not start until 2020. In addition, rail access to the port is being improved to double the number of trains each day to 48.
Peel Ports group planning director Warren Marshall said: “Road, rail and water connections will, together, create the corridors necessary for moving freight efficiently.”
Highways England project manager Carl Stockton added: “We held a series of public events earlier in the year and are planning to launch a formal consultation in the autumn.”
Earlier this month the first of six of 22 cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes arrived ready for installing and commissioning at the container terminal.