WORK to open up one of St Helens’ last remaining large derelict industrial sites and pave the way for Saints’ much-anticipated new stadium has begun.

Potentially hundreds new jobs will be created as the Council improves access to the derelict former United Glass land at Peasley Cross – opening the door for major new developments.

St Helens Council has begun works on crucial highway infrastructure to form a new entrance to the site by constructing a new roundabout and associated works.

Leader of St Helens Council, Brian Spencer said: “The Council has long recognised the importance of this site and felt it appropriate to fund these works, without which, the re-development of the site could not have taken place. This is a very proud moment as things now begin to take shape.”

John Downes, managing director of Langtree, owners of the site said: “These works take us another significant step forward in ensuring the delivery of this important regeneration scheme.

“The new stadium and Tesco superstore form phase one of the development and between them will create hundreds of new jobs in the borough. I anticipate that Langtree will be in a position to announce the identity of the main contractor in the coming weeks with works starting on site soon after.”

Saints Rugby League Club chairman Eamonn McManus said: “Our work over many years is now turning into the reality of a new stadium. Saints fans and the people of St Helens will be thrilled to see remediation and infrastructure works start around the stadium site within the next couple of months which will enable the stadium build works thereafter.

“A transformation of the Club and of the town is now within sight and the excitement of moving to a new home will soon overtake the sadness of leaving the GPW Recruitment Stadium. Once again I would like to thank the Council and our other partners for their continued commitment and support against the backdrop of what's been a very difficult economic and financial environment.”

The development of the former United Glass site is being delivered by a partnership of Langtree, St Helens Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Saints Rugby League Club and Tesco.