Major road turned into 'eyesore' with '6ft high weeds'

Drivers have complained that a major road has turned into an 'eyesore' full of overgrown weeds.

Photographs of the Church Road section of the A5036 in Litherland show head-height weeds and overgrown foliage on all verges bordering the carriageway.

The maintenance of the verges is managed by National Highways (NH) who are responsible for the upkeep, general appearance and safety of the roads. The government-owned company are contracted to take care of motorways and major A roads in England including gully cleaning, grass cutting and weed management.

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National Highways believe the growth alongside Church Road has been exacerbated by weather conditions. It said: "We completed almost a month of cyclical maintenance work along the A5036 at the beginning of June but at certain times of the year the combination of rain and warmer weather can lead to very fast growth in vegetation and we are returning at the start of July."

However, some drivers are concerned about the safety implications of the 6ft tall weeds which impact visibility across junctions. There have also been reports of traffic signs being obscured by tree growth.

Local taxi driver, Kenny said: "I am sick to death of the condition of this road and it is now completely blighted by neglect and chocked with weeds.

"It's not only an eyesore but a potential danger to motorists and pedestrians alike. National Highways has a statutory duty to maintain its roads to a safe and acceptable standard."

Some road maintenance is managed by Sefton Council who are solely responsible for road sweeping and litter picking on transport routes throughout the borough. However, in reference to the Church Road area, a 2024 Sefton Council Highway Safety report stated: "It should be noted that the A5036T Trunk Road which runs through part of the borough is owned, managed and maintained by National Highways and as such is not inspected or subsequently maintained by Sefton Council.

"Notwithstanding this if Sefton received a notification or identified any significant defects on their road these this would be forwarded to their National Highways managing agents for inspection and repair as required."

National Highways have already begun works on a number of areas ahead of July and have committed to grass cutting and weed management on Church Road as part of their planned maintenance next month. It said: "While we already work alongside closely with partners like Sefton Council to manage the route we are actively pursuing even better collaboration and coordination of our different maintenance activities.”

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