Revised Windle Island scheme gets the green light

04 Jul 2017

Business

St Helens Council’s Cabinet has approved revised plans for a major improvement scheme which will see improved safety, smoother traffic flow,and better access in and out of St Helens, implemented at one of Merseyside’s busiest road junctions.

If approved by full council, highway works will begin in autumn 2017, with the scheme expected to be completed by early 2019.

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.

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 revised scheme will improve access to St Helens and the wider Liverpool City Region, while minimising delays, improve public safety, and support economic growth through improved access to key sites such as Haydock Industrial Estate and SuperPort.

Barrie Grunewald, St Helens Council Leader, said:“As well as benefiting local people, improvements to Windle Island are essential for regional growth as they will help journey times to new developments like SuperPort, Mersey Gateway and the proposed Parkside development, all of which will create thousands of jobs.

“With a large number of developments planned, the Windle Island Junction Improvement Scheme will play a huge role in enabling these high profile developments to reach their full potential.”

The improvements will include:

·    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).

·    A new 40 mph speed limit around the junction to improve safety.

·  The installation of a controlled crossing for pedestrians and cyclists – and the introduction of linked traffic signals at the junction of the A570 Rainford Bypass with the B5201 Crank Road to
control movement of vehicles in and out of Crank Road.

For more information about the scheme visit: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/windleisland