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Article date - 20 August 2018
On Wednesday 29 August, the A580 west bound and Rainford Road will be closed between 7:00pm and 6:00am – while on the following day (Thursday 30 August) during the same hours, the A580 east bound and the A570 will also be closed.
The purpose of these closures is to enable permanent traffic management to be established.
The work is subject to weather conditions, particularly sensitive due to traffic management installation – and road users are advised to take alternative routes where possible, and allow extra journey time.
Access to businesses will be maintained at all times, however the access and exit to Tesco and Starbucks from and to the A580 westbound carriageway will be closed on Wednesday 29 August.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times via the permanent crossing route; however a diversion of the existing pathway if needed will be installed around the construction works, suitably signed.
The £7m investment to improve Windle Island – the oldest purpose designed intercity highway in the UK, which sees around 27,000 vehicles pass through a day – got underway on 6 August to increase junction capacity; improve pedestrian safety, smooth traffic flow – and make for better access in and out of St Helens.
Over half of the scheme is being funded by the Local Growth Fund through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Single Investment Fund after it was approved by the LCR Combined Authority following a successful business case submission to address key issues in St Helens, and to support economic growth in the wider City Region.
Central to the improvements will be:
The whole scheme is expected to be completed by spring 2019.