£6.7 million transport boost for Knowsley Business Park

Published on: Monday, 17-August-2015

An investment of £6.7 million to improve access and connectivity at Knowsley Business Park has been announced.

The work, which is part of the Knowsley Business Park Access and Connectivity Improvements Scheme, will be the first major transport initiative to be delivered in the Liverpool City Region following the devolution of funding from the Department for Transport.

The Growth Fund, earmarked for significant projects deemed to be of major benefit to the local economy, will provide £5.6 million of the funding. This will be topped up with an additional £1.13 million investment, which has now been approved by Knowsley Council.

The investment will focus on improvements to six individual areas across the park which will collectively improve the overall accessibility and further enhance the park’s connectivity to the wider region.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “Knowsley Business Park is the largest business park in the Liverpool City Region and its success is crucial to the economic growth and development of the area.  

“Knowsley’s location and connectivity is a key part of what makes us so appealing to businesses. Improving that access and connectivity even further and creating a reliable transport network is essential to ensure the park can grow and meet futures increases in demand.

“What’s more, these transport improvements will be of benefit to the existing organisations and employees at the park also – so it’s positive news for us all.”

The scheme will provide clear routes and gateways for vehicles to identify and access the park, increase public transport and improve walking and cycling access. This will make it easier for people to move around the park, whatever form of transport they use.

Dowhigh Limited has been awarded the contact for the work which is expected to start in September 2015.

This latest investment at Knowsley Business Park will further enhance the funding already made available by the council to make improvements across this vast 1,000 acre site.

The park is the largest of its kind in the north west after Trafford Park and the largest employment area in the City Region. Home to more than 800 businesses employing 15,000 people, Knowsley Business Park is a well-established home for business. The last year alone has seen Matalan, Morrisons and Ocado join other major organisations like Clarke Energy and QVC on site.

 

The areas of work include:

Moss End Way/Perimeter Road Junction

A new roundabout at the northern entrance to the park will create a gateway feature and improve safety and capacity at the junction.

 

Perimeter Road/South Boundary Road/Coopers Lane Junction

The shape of the existing roundabout and kerb lines will be changed to make it easier for the movement of HGV’s.

 

Admin Road/Gale Road/South Boundary Road Junction

The existing junctions will be changed into a single roundabout and a linear bus stop arrangement. This will improve the current bus facilities by creating a transport hub and will provide an opportunity for further retail/commercial development.

 

A580 East Lancashire Road Gateways

Improvements to the junctions on the A580 at Coopers Lane and Moorgate Road will enable right turn movements to provide direct access to the park.