JUNCTION upgrade works will get underway next week to improve traffic flow around an area earmarked for major economic regeneration.  

Forming part of planning conditions imposed on the Parkside Link Road Scheme, work will see improvements to the A49 Mill Lane/A572 Southworth Road junction, in Newton-le-Willows, with a dedicated left-hand turn lane from the A572 to the A49 introduced - while improvements will be made to the right-hand turn lane from the A49 to the A572.

In addition, existing traffic signals will be upgraded to the latest technology, incorporating enhanced pedestrian facilities at the junction.  

To ensure works are carried out safely, temporary signals will be in operation for the majority of the works, with some road closures required to allow resurfacing to be completed which will be communicated in advance.

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Seve Gomez-Aspron MBE, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic transport, said: “Once up and running, Parkside will be a hive of economic activity, so the purpose of these works is to improve our local infrastructure and accommodate workers travelling to and from employment generated by the development.  

“The long-term benefits this scheme will bring certainly outweigh short-term inconveniences of road works which the council will look to keep disruption to a minimum as we strive to unlock the huge potential of the Parkside site which has lay derelict for far too long, bringing much needed jobs to the area – all while achieving one of our top priorities as a council of creating a well-connected, accessible transport network across the borough which supports economic growth."  

Work will start at the A49 Mill Lane/A572 Southworth Road junction on Monday, October 9, 2023 and is expected to be completed by early December 2023, with work then required to the A572 Southworth Road/A573 Parkside Road Junction, commencing in January 2024, details of which will be shared in advance.

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