Balfour Beatty has started work on a £19m scheme to improve a traffic hotspot in Merseyside by providing a 4.5km link to the M57 and M58.
The newly designated A5758 Broom’s Cross Road will connect the A565 Southport Road to the motorway junction at Switch Island, avoiding the villages of Thornton and Netherton.
Construction of the road will involve creating four new ponds for wildlife and more than 2km of new footpaths. Balfour Beatty will be using recycled and secondary materials wherever possible in the construction.
Sefton Council leader Councillor Peter Dowd said: “This is a landmark moment in the history of Sefton and will reduce journey times for thousands of motorists every day while reducing congestion in the communities of Netherton and Thornton.”
Peter Commins, managing director for Balfour Beatty in the North West, said: “We will be using our expertise in sustainable road construction techniques on the project. We are also committed to providing local benefit through our partnership.”