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Local roads are improved as part of half a million pound scheme

by Laura Johnston

Over half a million pounds of investment has been made to improve the highway for walkers, cyclists and public transport users in Knowsley this year.

A number of schemes across Knowsley were identified to help support people on their commute to and from work by improving accessibility and reducing travel time.

The improvements will also make it easier for people to visit Huyton, Kirkby and Prescot town centres and aim to encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport for their journeys.

What improvements have been made?

County Road, Kirkby

The crossroads between County Road, Simonswood Lane and Park Brow Drive now has signalised crossing facilities on all arms of the junction making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

The footpath between Park Brow Drive and Lyelake Close has been upgraded to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians and there is a new signalised crossing to help pedestrians and cyclists cross County Road.

Other improvements include the signing of the cycleway and changes to the traffic signals to improve bus journey times.

Signalised crossing on County Road (Junction of Park Brow Drive and Simonswood Lane)

Manchester Road, Prescot

 There is a new signalised crossing facility and the footpath between Manchester Road, Hall Lane and Steley Way has been upgraded to accommodate both walkers and cyclists. This footpath also improves the link between Prescot town centre, Prescot rail station and Prescot Cables Retail Park.

 These improvements will also make it easier for people to access the new developments on Manchester Road including the new Home Bargains store and the new community fire station.

The Manchester Road, Steley Way and Sewell Street roundabout has now been reduced to a single lane to improve road safety and making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

Walkers and cyclists now have a shared use of the footpath on Manchester Road

Higher Road and A561, Halewood

This joint scheme with Knowsley and Halton Councils has improved the footway between the Jaguar Land Rover site and Higher Road (A561 off slip) to allow employees to access the site on foot or bike.

There has also been visibility improvements made at crossing points on Higher Road and an on road cycle lane on Higher Road has been implemented, which links to the wider scheme between the Jaguar Land Rover site and 3MG in Halton.

Liverpool Road, Huyton

Crossing facilities are now available for walkers and cyclists at signalised crossing points at the junction of Liverpool Road, Bluebell Lane and Primrose Drive.

The footpath between Primrose Drive and Seth Powell Way has been upgraded for walkers and cyclists and links into the wider existing off road cycle and walking network.

A signalised crossing has also been installed between Alamein Road and Pennard Avenue on Liverpool Road to improve safety further.

Other improvements include dropped crossing points at Alamein Road and works to improve visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on Seth Powell Way.

New signalised crossing on Liverpool Road

Further improvements

Improvements will also be made to the pedestrian and cycle links between Knowsley Safari and Prescot town centre and Kirkby town centre and Kirkby train station. This work is expected to be completed by Autumn 2017.

Free training

In addition to all of these physical improvements, if you live, work or study in Knowsley you can sign up to free cycling activities including training, courses and bike rides. Click here to find out more.

You may also be eligible for one to one travel support and guidance, journey planning and travel support. For more information contact Margaret.wilson@knowsley.gov.uk

This improvement work is funded through the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) is a package of sustainable transport infrastructure measures that is vital to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Growth Plan and Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). Funding from the Local Growth Fund is sought over a six period from 2015/16 to 2020/21.