Home Business and economy Kirkby’s County Road to close to vehicles for five weeks as part of Headbolt Lane station project

Kirkby’s County Road to close to vehicles for five weeks as part of Headbolt Lane station project

by Jonathan Kearney

County Road in Kirkby will be closed to vehicles during the school summer holidays to enable Network Rail to undertake important works on the £80m Headbolt Lane station project.  Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained at all times.

Network Rail need to close County Road between the junction with St Kevins Drive and the junction of Boyes Brow/Headbolt Lane to replace the existing bridge over County Road. This will enable Network Rail to install an additional railway track approaching the new station.

Key information

County Road is scheduled to be closed to vehicles between Saturday 23 July and Tuesday 30 August. It is anticipated the impact of the closure on traffic will be reduced during the school holidays.

Safe access under the railway bridge via the parallel County Road service road will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians at all times.

Signed diversions will be in place for road users.

In advance of the closure and during the works, electronic road signs will also be in place to alert motorists at key approaches to County Road.

Public transport

You can find details of affected bus diversion routes on the Merseytravel website.

Between Monday 18 July and Monday 29 August replacement buses will operate between Kirkby Station and Rainford Station due to the ongoing works for Headbolt Lane. You can find more information about this on the Northern Rail website.

Will the work be noisy?

Work on the bridge will commence on Saturday 16 July with the closure of the track (road closure will start 23 July). Work will take place throughout the day and night. Some elements of the work will be noisy but the noisiest elements of the work will take place during the day. Some of the work close to the track will need to take place at night.

What is the new station for?

Network Rail are delivering the new £80m Headbolt Lane station project in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Knowsley Council.

The new station at Headbolt Lane will extend the existing Merseyrail service beyond Kirkby. 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, which is also designed to support any future plans to build a new rail link to Skelmersdale.

What do the plans include?

  • A new station building, incorporating a ticket office, a booking hall, and passenger toilets
  • A new double-track railway bridge over County Road
  • Step-free pedestrian access throughout the station
  • Cycle parking and approximately 300 car parking spaces
  • A new station access road from Headbolt Lane, including a bridge over Kirkby Brook
  • Landscaped frontage to the station
  • An extensive CCTV security system
  • A bus interchange and links to local cycling and walking networks
  • Closure and infill of the subway which runs under Headbolt Lane
  • Provision of new segregated cycling and pedestrian facilities along Headbolt Lane
  • New toucan crossing across Headbolt Lane and improved cycle crossing across County Road
  • Green space improvements to the surrounding areas, which will be delivered by Knowsley Council

What are the benefits?

The new station will improve access to places of education, employment, and training for a wider number of Kirkby residents.

The new station can help to attract further investment in the area, particularly given its proximity to Knowsley Business Park.

The infill of an existing obsolete subway will help to address anti-social behaviour issues in the area.  Extensive CCTV and lighting will be in operation at the new station to ensure that it is safe and secure for users and local residents.

As part of the project, Knowsley Council will deliver improved greenspace and walking and cycle provision through the St Kevin’s open space to the south of the railway line and at Tower Hill Park to the north of the station.

You can find more information on our dedicated FAQs page.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio Holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “We’re very grateful for the patience that local residents are showing during the works to build the new station at Headbolt Lane.

“While we understand that this road closure will be disruptive to residents, the end result will be a huge positive for the local community in the form of better links to the local rail network, making it easier for residents to travel for education, work and leisure.

“This will be another step on our journey towards Mayor Steve Rotheram’s ambition of building a London-style transport system for our region, making getting around as quick, cheap, clean and reliable wherever you live.”

Take a look at some of the progress from works associated with the new station from the bridge on Mill Lane in this time-lapse video.

For any questions or queries regarding the closures or the overall Headbolt Lane project you can contact Network Rail’s 24-hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or via www.networkrail.co.uk/contactus

More information can also be found via https://headboltlane.commonplace.is/