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Article date - 28 June 2017
During initial consultation on the development of the site by developers Langtree earlier in the year, feedback from the public highlighted the requirement for a link road between the site and the M6 to help ease the congestion on neighbouring roads.
As a consequence, meetings have now taken place between St Helens Council, developers and stakeholders to put forward a number of suggested routes for a link road, with initially six route options identified. Each of these routes were assessed using a framework developed by the Department of Transport, and after careful consideration one route was identified as the best option and has been selected to go forward for further detailed design and consultation with the public.
It is envisaged the road would not only benefit businesses but also bring significant benefits to residents with traffic being divert away from the villages of Newton-le-Willows and Winwick and allowing for quicker and easier access on to the M6 at junction 22.
In order for the council and developers to consult with local people and interest groups, two public information days will be held, whereby officers from the council and developers will showcase their proposals for the road. The information events will take place on Tuesday 11 July at Hope Academy in Newton-le-Willows from 4pm – 8pm and Thursday 13 July at Winwick Leisure Centre, Winwick, from 4pm – 8pm
As well as the consultation on the link road, the information days will also allow the final plans for the first phase of the development of the site to be shared with the public, before submission of a formal planning application on 31 July.
Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said:
“The Parkside development represents an extremely attractive proposition for logistics and warehousing companies looking for a prime location on the motorway network.”
“A new link road would not only attract businesses to the site but would clearly benefit local people and commuters. In fact, public feedback on the development of the Parkside site highlight that local people saw the development of a new link road as essential.”
“There is nothing not to like about the proposals for this road, with businesses, local people and commuters all benefitting from the scheme.”
Map: The yellow route starts at the A49 and follows an easterly direction to a junction with the A573 Parkside Road. It then follows a north easterly direction via the A573 crossing over the M6. A change to a south easterly direction follows until it meets the A579 Winwick Lane. The route turns in a south-westerly direction to connect up with M6 Junction 22.
St Helens Council and its consultants believe the yellow route offers the best solution in order to reduce traFFIC levels on local roads, improve journey times, allow ease of access on to the M6 at Junction 22 and divert trafFIC away from local villages. In addition to this the yellow route will enable the full growth potential of the Parkside site and the facilitation of a potential strategic rail freight interchange can be achieved.