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Windle Island Improvements

The Windle Island junction improvement scheme gets underway later this year – with the aim of cutting congestion and significantly improving safety for everyone using it.

Standing at the intersection of the A580 (East Lancashire Road) and A570 (Rainford Bypass), it’s a junction that handles high volumes of traffic. Without improvement, it will continue to restrict vehicle, cycle and pedestrian movement – as well as the region’s economic growth.

The proposed scheme will reduce the number of ‘conflict points’ and create additional capacity.

The junction’s strategic significance has been underlined by funding worth £232 million from the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal.


Specifically, the project will see:

  1. Controlled pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junctions (including Toucan “Cycling” crossings on the southern and eastern arms) using the latest energy efficient traffic signal equipment.  These will improve pedestrian and cycle safety.
  2. Two dedicated right turn lanes from the A580 westbound (towards Liverpool) onto the A570 northbound (towards Rainford).  This will reduce queue lengths.
  3. Measures to prevent vehicles exiting the Tesco Express via the A580 from turning right onto the A570 northbound, due to regular lane blocking of the westbound lanes of the A580.  This will reduce congestion and improve safety.
  4. Two dedicated left turn lanes from the A570 southbound (towards St Helens) onto the A580 eastbound (towards Manchester).  This will reduce queue lengths.
  5. Reintroduction of two dedicated ahead lanes through the junction on the A570 southwards (towards St Helens).  This will significantly reduce queue lengths and congestion.
  6. New restrictions at the junction of the A570 Rainford Bypass with the B5201 Crank Road to allow vehicles leaving Crank Road to only turn left onto the Rainford Bypass.  This will improve safety.
  7. The introduction of linked traffic signals at the junction of the A570 Rainford Bypass with the B5201 Crank Road to control the movement of vehicles into and out of Crank Road.  This will improve safety.
  8. Closure of existing junction of the A570 Rainford Bypass with Rainford Road and replacement with a new junction located approximately 140m further to the north along the A570 Rainford Bypass, which will include deceleration/acceleration lanes.  This will improve safety.
  9. New left turn deceleration lane from A580 westbound onto A570 southbound.  This will reduce queue lengths and improve safety.
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