Re­pairs be­gin soon on crum­bling road

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ES­SEN­TIAL re­pair work will be­gin on Lord Street in June - less than a year af­ter it was fully resur­faced.

The road was re­laid over six weeks in Au­gust and Septem­ber 2017, with the de­ci­sion to use a black sur­face di­vid­ing opin­ion in the town.

Some had ar­gued that los­ing the red sur­face would af­fect the town’s iden­tity, but the use of a black sur­face at half the cost was deemed the best de­ci­sion at a time when the coun­cil is faced with se­vere bud­get cuts.

Prob­lems quickly arose when the new sur­face be­gan crum­bling within the space of a few weeks, with planned re­pair work be­ing an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary.

That work has now been sched­uled to be­gin on June 11 and is ex­pected to take five nights to com­plete.

The re­pairs will take place on iso­lated ar­eas along the full length of the road, with di­ver­sions in place us­ing Duke Street, Vic­to­ria Way, Es­planade, and Se­a­bank Road.

Pedes­trian ac­cess to shops and ameni­ties will be avail­able at all times, as well as ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

Cllr John Fair­clough, Sefton’s cab­i­net mem­ber for lo­cal­ity ser­vices, said “Sefton is a bor­ough on the move and mak­ing sure Lord Street’s car­riage­way is main­tained is a key pri­or­ity for us.

“Due to the lo­ca­tion of the site and the amount of sur­round­ing prop­er­ties and busi­nesses, we are in­tend­ing to carry out the works of an evening af­ter 6.30pm to min­imise in­con­ve­nience and dis­rup­tion as much as pos­si­ble.”

It is planned for the work to end at mid­night, fol­lowed by a site safety pro­ce­dure, which will be com­pleted on each oc­ca­sion by 1am.

Dam­age soon be­gan to show on the re­laid Lord Street sur­face

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