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Windle Island junction improvement work to commence next month
Motorists who use the A580 (East Lancs Road) and A570 (Rainford By Pass) are warned to expect delays when junction improvement works commence at Windle Island early next month (August).
Starting on Monday 6 August, the work at Windle Island – one of Merseyside’s busiest road junctions – will result in improved pedestrian safety, smoother traffic flow, and better access in and out of St Helens.
During the work, which is will be carried out by Balfour Beatty and will take 40 weeks to complete, permanent lane closures will be in place day and night which is likely to cause delays – therefore it is recommended that motorists avoid the area, if possible.
Costing £7,247,000 – over half of which will be funded by the Liverpool City Region Growth Fund and the rest from capital receipts, prudential borrowing and highways capital programme – the Windle Island Junction Improvement Scheme was approved by the Liverpool City Region (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.
Commenting on the scheme, St Helens Council Leader Derek Long believes the long- term gain will outweigh the pain of temporary traffic disruptions.
“I appreciate that residents and road users will see this work as an inconvenience but the simple fact is that the existing junction is struggling to cope with the tens of thousands of vehicles that pass through on a day-to-day basis,” said Councillor Long.
“Not only will these improvements benefit local people and motorists, they will also safeguard future capacity in our road network to support the growth of the borough, providing improved access to key sites such as the Haydock Industrial Site and the Superport in the wider City Region.”
Central to the improvements will be:
The whole scheme is expected to be completed by spring 2019.