OPPONENTS of Everton FC and Tesco’s £400m development plans for Kirkby have again criticised transport plans in their summary at a public inquiry into the project winds down.
Keep Everton In Our City, Kirkby Residents Action Group, Kirkby Traders Association and Kirkby Liberal Democrats said the travel plans outlined in the proposal “failed miserably.”
The inquiry is considering plans for a 50,000-capacity Everton stadium, major Tesco superstore and other retail outlets.
Tony Barton, for the KRAG coalition of residents’ groups, said: “The travel plan miserably fails to meet any decent standard of sustainable travel. Why? Simply because this is the wrong location for this sort of development. The transport infrastructure is not up to it.”
He referred to an e-mail from Tony Rivero, senior town planner for Network Rail, which reveals concerns there would be more people wanting to use trains on matchdays than the network could handle.
Mr Barton said: “Firstly he claims 4,000 people an hour (using the rail network on matchdays) is ‘a significant underestimate’.
“’Unless additional services can be provided, which would have to be funded by the applicant, (the capacity for) rail falls to 2,000 for Sunday and evening kick-offs. This is a significant deficiency which the transport assessment fails to recognise.”
“Mr Rivero adds: ‘Although there is a vague promise to look at ways in which the railway system in particular can be improved there is no firm commitment in providing funds to achieve such improvements’.”