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Windle Island Improvements

The Windle Island junction improvement scheme has launched – 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 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.
Please read the sections below for a full break down of the scheme and the latest updates. For up to date roadworks information visit www.roadworks.org, and for further information, Contact Us.


Specifically, the project will see:

  • 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.
  • Two dedicated right turn lanes from the A580 westbound (towards Liverpool) onto the A570 northbound (towards Rainford). This will reduce queue lengths.
  • 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.
  • One dedicated left turn lane from the A570 southbound (towards St Helens) onto the A580 eastbound (towards Manchester). This will reduce queue lengths.
  • Reintroduction of two dedicated ahead lanes through the junction on the A570 southwards (towards St Helens). This will significantly reduce queue lengths and congestion.
  • 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 or south towards St Helens, Liverpool and Manchester. Movement across Rainford Bypass to St Helens Road will be blocked to will improve safety.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New left turn deceleration lane from A580 westbound onto A570 southbound. This will reduce queue lengths and improve safety.

Motorists advised of A580 and A570 road closures next week

Motorists who use the A580 East Lancs Road and A570 Rainford Bypass are advised that a number of overnight road closures will be in place next week as part of the Windle Island Junction Improvement scheme.

On Tuesday 18 September, the A580 west bound and Rainford Road will be closed between 7:00pm and 6:00am, with no access or exit to Tesco and Starbucks from the A580 westbound carriageway.

While on 19 to 20 September, the A580 and A570 will be closed eastbound for overnight works.

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 properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

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 next major traffic management switch will take place early 2019. From now until then, there will be 24 hour lane closures in place.

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:
·    New signalised junction of Rainford Bypass/Crank Road with traffic lights linked to those on the main junction to maximise vehicle throughput while improving safety for vehicles using the junction to access/egress Crank Road along with providing a controlled crossing for users of the cycle/footpath on the east side of the Rainford Bypass.
·    A new four lane southbound approach to Windle Island Junction, providing a dedicated left turning lane to A580 eastbound towards Manchester and a dedicated right turning lane to A580 westbound towards Liverpool.
·    The reintroduction of two lanes southbound through the junction, with the left hand lane for St Helens Town Centre via Rainford Road (including Tesco and Starbucks access), and the right hand lane for Eccleston and Prescot via Bleak Hill Road.
·    A new left turn deceleration lane from A580 westbound onto A570 southbound to reduce queue lengths and improve safety.
·    Two dedicated right turn lanes from the A580 westbound (towards Liverpool) onto the A570 northbound (towards Rainford). This will reduce queue lengths.
·    A new 40 mph speed limit around the junction to improve safety.
The whole scheme is expected to be completed by spring 2019.