Boost for Knowsley’s highway network

Published on: Monday, 18-August-2014

Nearly £2 million is being invested in an improvement scheme for the A5300 Knowsley Expressway to reduce congestion and support growth and investment across the Liverpool City Region.

Knowsley Council has been awarded £1.365 million from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund to remove the bottleneck on the M57 extension – A5300 Knowsley Expressway, at its junction with the A562 Speke Road. In total, £1.95 million will be invested in the scheme, with additional funding secured by the council.

The junction is a key part of the City Region’s transport network.  It connects residents to large employment sites including Jaguar Land Rover, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Estuary Business Park and the Garston Industrial Area. It also forms a vital part of the main route to and from the Mersey Multimodal Gateway development, Liverpool 2, the UK’s first Superport, Runcorn Bridge and the New Mersey Gateway.

Knowsley Council’s successful bid was supported by Jaguar Land Rover, Getrag, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and IAC Group together with Halton Borough Council, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce and the Road Haulage Association.

The improvement scheme will install a left turn slip road from the A5300 Knowsley Expressway southbound carriageway to the A562 Speke Road eastbound carriageway together with other enhancements to the overall interchange.

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills said: “Knowsley is situated at the heart of the Liverpool City Region and the connectivity of the borough is a key strength for us. It’s one of the main reasons that so many companies choose to be based here. It’s critical that our transport network is fit for purpose and supports our ability to continue to act as a key economic driver.

“Congestion at the A5300/A562 junction is costly in economic terms. It restricts the flow of traffic to and from the surrounding employment centres, residential areas and development sites, which has a negative impact on economic activity and limits growth.

“Improvements to the junction will overcome this and provide much needed capacity that will enable growth and job creation. It will also connect our residents to employment opportunities and support investment in the wider Liverpool City Region.”

The improvement work is due to start on Monday 8 September and is scheduled to last for 12 weeks. I&H Brown Limited is contracted to carry out the work and will make every effort to minimise traffic disruption and will concentrate work in off-peak periods.

The Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund is managed by the Department for Transport.