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Highway works to support new Headbolt Lane station near completion

by Jonathan Kearney

The final phase of highways enabling works associated with the new Headbolt Lane station are due to take place in Kirkby.

Resurfacing of sections of Headbolt Lane and the introduction of traffic calming measures will commence on the evening of Friday 27 January 2023.

To complete the works safely the closure of Headbolt Lane is required at the following times:

  • Friday 27 January – 6pm-midnight
  • Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January – 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 1 February – 6pm-midnight (closure between Dale Road and Langton Road)
  • Thursday 2 February – 6pm-midnight (closure between County Road and Langton Road)
  • Friday 3 February – 6pm-midnight

The noisiest elements of the works will take place at the start of the evening and the road will reopen after the works have been completed. A diversion will be in place via Shevingtons Lane while the works take place.

The highways enabling works delivered by Knowsley Council will improve safe access to and from the new train station for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

The completed infill of an obsolete subway which ran under Headbolt Lane will help to address anti-social behaviour issues in the area.

Work that has been completed to date includes:

  • Infill of existing pedestrian underpass
  • Infill of landscaped area by Southcroft Drive with provision of new connecting illuminated footpath to Headbolt Lane
  • Installation of new segregated footway/cycleway on residential side of Headbolt Lane between Fallowfield and Southcroft Drive
  • Installation of new segregated footway/cycleway on station side of Headbolt Lane between Fallowfield and Southcroft Drive (completed but yet to be opened)
  • Installation of new segregated footway/cycleway on station side of Headbolt Lane between Fallowfield and County Road (completed but yet to be opened)
  • Installation of new traffic signalised pedestrian crossing on Headbolt Lane linking station and residential area by Southcroft Drive (scheduled for completion in February 2023)
  • Upgrade of existing pedestrian crossing across County Road to include provision for cyclists
  • Relocation of existing illuminated lamp columns to illuminate new segregated footways/cycleways.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The highways enabling works that have been delivered by Knowsley Council will ensure people can access the new station safely and securely, whichever mode of transport they choose. The completed infill of the obsolete subway has also eliminated a potential area for anti-social behaviour. The new station will deliver tremendous benefits to Kirkby and its residents and improve connectivity for the wider region.”

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is delivering the £80m Headbolt Lane Rail Station project, in partnership with Knowsley Council, Network Rail, Merseyrail, and Northern Rail.

The new Station is scheduled to open during the summer of 2023.  It will extend the Merseyrail network, which currently terminates at Kirkby, to a new location off Headbolt Lane.  This will improve transport links for the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of Kirkby as well as for Knowsley Business Park.

Northern Rail services from Manchester and Wigan will operate to and from the new three-platform Station at Headbolt Lane, which is also designed to support any future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale.

You can find out more about the new Station in our Frequently Asked Questions.