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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

Published 20 August 2018

Motorists who use the A580 (East Lancs Road) and A570 (Rainford Bypass) are advised that a number of road closures will be in place at the end of the month (August) as part of the Windle Island Junction Improvement scheme.

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.

The whole scheme is expected to be completed by spring 2019.