Impressive aerial photos show the continuing progress of the Thornton to Switch Island Link Road.

Contractors Balfour Beatty, on behalf of Sefton Council, are now starting to lay the main road surface on the western stretch between Thornton and Brickwall Lane.

ots-southport-link 2The current phase of works at Switch Island to provide the connection to the new road is planned to finish in early December. Another short phase of mainly night-time working will be required at Switch Island in the New Year.

Bad weather at the start of the year and challenging ground conditions mean the project is slightly behind schedule, but the long-awaited bypass is expected to open in spring 2015.

Surfacing work on the eastern stretch, between Brickwall Lane and Switch Island, is due to begin in the New Year.

The new 2.8 mile link road will be known as the A5758 Broom’s Cross Road. Broom’s Cross is the site of a medieval wayside cross near Thornton.

When complete, the road is expected to reduce peak hour journey times by up to seven minutes between Thornton and Switch Island.

It will also take high volumes of ‘through traffic’ out of the communities of Netherton and Thornton.

The road is costing £19.5m – with £14.5m from the Department for Transport and £5m from Sefton Council.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transportation, said: “These photos show that construction of this fantastic new road is now reaching its final stages.

“Brooms Cross Road will answer decades of calls for a bypass in this area and we thank residents for their patience as the project nears completion.

“Like many major engineering projects, there have been some unforeseen challenges along the way, but our contractor Balfour Beatty is working very hard to hand over the completed road as quickly as possible.”

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