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Councillor calls for urgent repairs on Wirral motorway sliproad
A WIRRAL councillor has urged the Highways Agency to carry out urgent repairs on a busy sliproad that leads on to the M53.
Leasowe and Moreton East ward councillor Ian Lewis says the sliproad leading onto junction two from Upton Road in Moreton has a 'worn and uneven' surface that is in urgent need of maintenance.
He also called for the Highways Agency to carry out regular future inspections to avoid the surface becoming this worn again in future.
The Highways Agency said it will take action to address the issues raised.
Cllr Lewis said today: "Residents have been in touch asking for the worn out surface of the slip road from Upton Road to be repaired.
"The Highways Agency, not the Council, is responsible for maintaining this road and, at the moment, the surface is worn and uneven.
"On any road that would be a danger but at the junction of a motorway, where vehicles are trying to join the traffic while also dodge the pot holes, it's a recipe for a collision."
In a statement, the Highways Agency said: "We are aware of the issues around the Moreton Junction and would like to thank Councillor Ian Lewis for drawing these concerns to our attention.
"The Highways Agency's Asset Support Contractors regularly drive the route to inspect it, and we are looking to address the issues.
"Some patching works were completed around the access sliproad to Upton Road over a year ago but it is evident that both the patching and the surrounding carriageway has deteriorated since then.
"In addition some emergency resurfacing work was carried out in December further along the carriageway.
"However, we acknowledge that there are still areas that require attention, and are currently considering the extent of works necessary.
"We propose to submit a surfacing scheme in the near future to rectify these problems".