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Multi-million pound investment in highways infrastructure continues as part of East of Halewood development

by Jonathan Kearney

Work is progressing well on highways infrastructure improvements associated with the new East of Halewood development that will improve road safety and ease congestion in Halewood.

The East of Halewood development includes the delivery of over 1,300 high quality new homes, green open space improvements and investment in infrastructure and local services.

House builders Miller, Bellway and Redrow have committed up to £4.4million in Section 106 funding to improve the highways across Halewood.

This is currently being invested to help improve local roads, in order to support traffic flows and improve road safety.

The improvement works will benefit pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorists and other road users.

The following highway improvements are planned for the next two years:

New traffic signals at the Baileys Lane and Finch Lane/Higher Road junction.

  • This will include a segregated cycle facility, traffic signals with pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities at the junction of Higher Road and Baileys Lane and Higher Road and Finch Lane and general infrastructure upgrades such as a new footway, grassed verges and street lighting. Works are expected to commence on site in spring/summer 2023.

A comprehensive scheme to improve traffic flow at the Baileys Lane/Church Road/Lower Road/ Greensbridge Lane junction.

  • Designs are currently being worked up to improve this junction, which will include traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities. Works are expected to commence in 2024.

Greensbridge Lane – Traffic Calming

  • Works will include the implementation of traffic calming and a reduction in speed limit within the Tarbock Green section of Greensbridge Lane. Construction is anticipated to commence in Spring 2023.

Making Finch Lane one-way in a northerly direction between Lower Road and the Everton FC training facility

  • Works will include a segregated cycle facility and implementation of a one-way order, signage and traffic islands. Construction is expected to commence in 2023.

Realigning Baileys Lane to improve visibility and improve road safety

  • Works are progressing on site and scheduled for completion in spring 2023.

Old Hutte Lane/Higher Road

  • Works will include the implementation of pedestrian facilities to the existing signalised a junction. Construction is anticipated to commence in Spring 2023.

In addition to the £4.4m highways improvements, a further £8.6m of Section 106 contributions from developers will be used to invest in new primary school places, outdoor sports provision, early years childcare facilities, enhancement, management and maintenance of Finch Woods, subsiding bus services through the site, improvements to local healthcare facilities and training and employment opportunities during the construction period.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The East of Halewood development will help attract new residents into the area and also encourage existing residents to remain in Halewood by providing new, high quality family homes. We are committed to investing in the infrastructure and local services to support this new development – something we know from our Knowsley Offer consultation is a key concern, but we have built in improvements works to support the local infrastructure as part of our plans.  We will continue to work closely with the developers and other partners to ensure disruption to residents and road users is kept to a minimum while these improvements are carried out. Ultimately, it will improve traffic flow and safety in the area.”