Chamber welcomes Port Access Preferred Road Scheme clarity

Fri, September 1st, 2017

Chamber welcomes Port Access Preferred Road Scheme clarity

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce welcomes the announcement by Highways England that it has identified the preferred option for a Port Access road link.

The clarity provided is the first sign of genuine commitment from government that it will upgrade the city region’s infrastructure to directly capitalise on the increased capacity of the Port. For many years, the road and rail access from the Port has created an unacceptable delay to the movement of goods to and from the port. Some of our members have been expressing their concerns for some time that the road access delays are a real impediment to attracting additional shipping business to Liverpool.

Currently, more than 70% of imported goods bound for north of Birmingham enter the country at the port of Felixstowe, travelling on an already congested road network to destinations that are within far greater reach of Liverpool. Enabling such containerised cargo to be moved quickly away from the Port via road is essential to ensure the Port is a more attractive proposition for freight hauliers and shipping companies than competing ports in the South East.

Peel Ports’ Cargo 200 campaign, which aims to help UK companies take 200 million miles off our road and rail infrastructure by the end of 2020, already has the support of 200 businesses to encourage shipping lines to introduce direct deep-sea services to Liverpool2, reducing transport costs, carbon emissions and providing a real opportunity to transform UK logistics.

The Port provides Liverpool with the key piece of infrastructure that enables it to be the gateway to Transatlantic and global trade for the North of England. Failing to create a transport network capable of maximising its benefits would be contrary to the best interests of our region. The best option must be one which will enable longer term sustainable growth and development, addresses issues around environmental impact and which improves access for both residents and businesses.

Both this scheme and the parallel announcement on the new junction 11a on the M56 providing a new link to the Mersey Gateway bridge, will support economic growth across the city region.

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