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Town centre roads get ready for Kirkby retail development

by Gemma Melling

Ahead of a planned improvements to key junctions on the Bank Lane Corridor, leading to Kirkby Town Centre, works to improve a pedestrian crossing at Melling Drive will begin this week.

This work is the first part of a £2m scheme for the Bank Lane Corridor, which was recently awarded grant funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and will ensure access to the town centre is ‘future proofed’ and ready for the new retail development.

Work on the pedestrian crossing will begin on Tuesday, 20 August and will be complete by 4 September, to coincide with schools reopening after the summer holidays. In order to reduce disruption, temporary two-way traffic signals will only be in use during off-peak times on weekdays.

The improvements are a key step in the revitalisation of Kirkby Town Centre

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Prioritising the work to the pedestrian crossing ahead of the main junction improvement works means that this can be complete before the children go back to school. It also means less disruption once the main works begin.

“These roadworks are another essential piece in the puzzle as we press ahead with our plans for Kirkby Town Centre. We’re busy progressing with the legalities of our purchase of St Modwen’s land in the town centre and once that is complete we’ll be focusing on delivering the retail development that we know local people so desperately want. These road improvements ensure that our roads can cope with the increase in traffic that will bring into the area – now and in the future.

“This £2m investment is further evidence of the public sector’s absolute commitment to deliver for Kirkby where the private sector has failed.”

Following the completion of the pedestrian crossing works, the main junction work is likely to begin in September 2019. The council will ensure that every effort is made to minimise disruption, although some short-term delays are to be expected.

Read more about the Bank Lane Corridor works.

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