Marine Drive in Southport

Southport’s bumpiest road is facing temporary closure with work taking place for up to three months. 

Work on Marine Drive, which runs along the coast, will begin this month, as the Covid-19 lockdown is taking place, after the scheme was approved by Sefton Council. 

The project will allow the reconstruction of both the road and the pavements along with the installation of a new and improved drainage system. 

It will cost £895,000 to complete with £637,000 from the Highway Challenge Fund and £258,000 from the 2020-21 Highway Maintenance budget. 

In his report, Sefton Head of Highways and Public Protection Peter Moore said: “Marine Drive is recognised as a key route into Southport and the carriageway surface condition needs to be improved. It is proposed to focus on the area between Hesketh Road and Marshside Road, which is considered to be in the greatest need of attention.

“Overtime, the condition of the road surface has deteriorated, which has affected its ride quality and the safe discharge of surface water from the carriageway, despite best efforts to try and maintain its structural integrity through routine repairs and the application of preventative type surface treatments which are now considered uneconomical.

“The works to be undertaken will involve the reconstruction of both footway and carriageway and the installation of a new and improved drainage system.

“To expedite the works and to carry out operations safely, a road closure needs to be implemented from January 2021, that will restrict the movement of pedestrians and motor vehicles through working areas for up to 3 months.”

The diversion route will be via: Hesketh Road, Cambridge Road, Marshside Road and vice versa. 

It is recommended that: Marine Drive, Southport between Hesketh Road and Marshside Road be temporarily closed to all vehicles / pedestrians when required from 29th January 2021 (or sooner if possible) until 28th March 2021 or until the scheme is completed.

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