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Halewood development plans progress

by Jonathan Kearney

Work on the Council’s development plans in Halewood are progressing with improvements to the key gateway into Halewood commencing this summer.

The scheme is part of Knowsley Council’s wider £30m investment in Halewood.

What improvements will be delivered?

Highways improvements along A562 Higher Road will help to improve traffic flow, road safety and improve journey times for road users.

The works will also improve provision for cyclists and pedestrians and create enhanced connectivity within Halewood.

What works are being undertaken?

The A562 Higher Road scheme includes:

  • The removal of the existing Higher Road / Baileys Lane roundabout and the creation of a new signalised junction which will improve traffic flow, improve safety and provide pedestrian and cycling crossing facilities.
  • A realignment of the carriageway and introduction of an enhanced central reserve between the junctions with Finch Lane and Baileys Lane. This will increase capacity, reduce speed, improve safety and also enhance landscaping in the area as well as improving sustainable transport links through pedestrian and cycling facilities and crossing
  • The installation of new traffic signals with pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities at both Finch Lane and Baileys Lane junctions, promoting road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as improving access to and from Finch Lane at its junction with A562 Higher Road
  • The introduction of upgraded traffic signals at Leathers Lane and a new cycleway from Finch Lane to Baileys Lane
  • General infrastructure improvements such as a new footways, grassed verges and street lighting will also be completed
  • Installation of a 2km cycleway alongside the carriageway between Finch Lane and Blackburne Drive, linking new residential areas to the Trans Pennine Trail.

In order to progress these improvements,  a total of 10 trees will need to be removed in consultation with an expert arboriculturist along the existing westbound Higher Lane verge between the junctions of Finch Lane and Leathers Lane. Five of these trees adjacent to the former lay-by need to be removed as this verge will become the new westbound carriageway. The removal of the remaining trees is required in order to facilitate the junction improvements themselves. Three trees (at least 30 in total) will be planted for every one tree removed as part of the full landscaping works being carried out.

When will the works commence?

Works are due to commence over the summer.

When will the works be completed?

The works are scheduled to take 18 months to complete and are due to be completed in December 2025.

  • Following the initial phase of works outlined above, later phases include traffic signal upgrades between Leathers Lane and Wood Road junctions will follow to increase highway capacity and improve journey times.

Will road closure and diversions be in place?

Yes, the works will require road closures which will be shared in advance of the works commencing and diversions will be advertised.

How are the works being funded?

Funding for the Higher Road improvement works has been secured through Government Levelling Up Funding, S106 contributions from developers involved in the East of Halewood development and the Liverpool City Region Sustainable Travel Settlement.