A RADICAL 25-year plan to move the M53 has been unveiled by Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones.
Four decades after the route was driven through Ellesmere Port as a bypass and to improve access to the town’s Vauxhall plant, the Tory chief wants to reconnect the town to the historic waterfront, business areas and Peel’s Waterfront development.
Cllr Jones accepts the project, on which his officials have already started work, could be 25 years away but said if you don’t allow that time and start now it will never happen’.
Speaking about his agenda for the future of the town, he said: “In the 70s they put the motorway through Ellesmere Port and in doing so they rammed it through areas such as the Stanney and Westminster estates.
“One of the problems of the Westminster estate now is that it is surrounded by the motorway and the railways and there is one entrance in and one exit out, causing isolation and noise for the residents.
“I have put forward the idea that rather than increase the motorway from two lanes to three, why don’t we move it to the west side of Ellesmere Port between the Queensferry road and Hooton.
“This will reconnect Ellesmere Port with the businesses and the waterways as it was historically in its most prosperous years.
“There would be a motorway connection to Junction 8 from the north for the businesses and to Junction 10 from the south to support Cheshire Oaks.
“This potentially supports the developments that Peel is proposing and ensures the housing would be part of Ellesmere Port if Peel goes ahead with their Waterfront project.
“I hope this would ensure people walk down the high street, which in turn improves trading and is likely to improve the quality of retail along the street.”