Any loss of green space is sad, of course, and I sympathise with everyone who's going to lose some valued parkland. In an ideal world, a tunnel would be built to carry the traffic.
But... this isn't an ancient woodland; it's a park that was created in the 90s from a former tip. It's only become a park fairly recently. And the new road won't swallow up the entire park - there will still be green space around it with, I should imagine, a lot of new planting to help mask the road noise and pollution. It's not ideal, but neither is upgrading the already overloaded A5036, which is lined with homes and shops.
Again, ideally there would be a tunnel, but with all that open land available, I'm not surprised this is the option they went with.
I appreciate it's not an ancient woodland, but it is a beautiful country park that has evolved over 20+ years and is the only natural open pollution free space in this heavily built up area.
It is a much loved and needed space and it's loss will have a devastating effect on the local community.
And sadly it will swallow up the whole park, the road is being built right through the middle of it from end to end, effectively leaving a long strip either side.
The green space left either side will be within what's classed as a high toxicity area in terms of pollution (due to being right next to a major road, one which will have HGV's using it 24 hours a day going to and from the recently expanded port) and the constant traffic will be both highly visible and easily heard from the what's left of the park, no amount of planting will stop this. Not to mention the devastating effect on the wide and varied wildlife who live within the park.
I do agree with your comments re the other "option", the upgrading of the A5036. This was never a serious option as any upgrade would not even come close to providing the required improvements needed for the increased traffic.
Highways England admitted this themselves in their announcement. This is not something that they have just suddenly realised during the 6 week "public consultation" they have known this for years, there was only ever going to be one outcome as they refused to include the only other 2 viable options (tunnel or rail) during the consultation because they would cost too much money. Profits and cost are sadly much more important than the people who live in the effected areas.
Anyway, sorry, rant over, I don't want this thread to be a big debate about the pro's and con's of the road, I would like this thread to be a celebration of the park and for people to post their pictures before it is potentially lost forever.
I'll add some more pics tomorrow when I get the chance.