Liverpool's Dock Transport Problem
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THE three Liverpool transport associations (A.R.O., C.M.U.A. and the Liverpool Cart and Motor Owners' Association) have asked the Ministry of War Transport for representation on the Liverpool Dock Access Committee. This committee, which was set up a few months ago, is composed of representatives of Liverpool and Bootle Corporations, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, a railway official and the divisional road engineer of the Ministry of War Transport. It recently invited representatives of the roadtransport associations to attend a meeting of the committee to furnish information concerning road traffic to and from Liverpool.
In local and country haulage circles there persists the uneasy feeling that alterations might be contemplated at Liverpool docks for improvements to
be made at the expense of road transport, especially in view of experiences at railway-owned ports.
Amongst the matters which may be assumed to have been engaging the attention of the committee are:—(1) Laying additional railway track. (2) Regulating the restricton of the use by road transport of the approaches to the docks(by means of one-way streets, etc.). (3) Modernization of the existing dock entrances, which were planned for a much smaller flow of traffic, and, possibly, the making of additional entrances where desirable. (4) Regulating the use of dock entrances and exits to secure a fluid flow of traffic. (5) Widening sections of the main road between Bootle and Liverpool in certain places where traffic peaks are experienced.