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Inquiry into Thornton Relief Road set to begin

A PUBLIC inquiry is due to begin over the controversial plans for a relief road in Sefton.

The project, known as the Thornton Relief Road, will create a bypass to reduce congestion at Green Lane by diverting traffic from Southport Road to Switch Island.

The development will cover 26 hectares of land, which will cover the bypass, highways connecting the road to existing roads, new bridleways and off-site planting areas.

The £18.6m route will link Thornton with Switch Island, cutting journey times for commuters travelling into Liverpool and easing congestion in Thornton and Crosby and improving access to the M57 and M58.

Land was set to be bought by compulsory purchase order (CPO) to make way for the project but some landowners are appealing against the CPOs.

The inquiry begins next Tuesday at Bootle Town Hall.

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