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Transport and safety improvements underway in Kirkby town centre

by Nicola Appleton

In addition to the ongoing construction of the new retail development in Kirkby town centre, work has also started this week on a range of transport and pedestrian safety schemes which will improve transport links and accessibility to support the new retail development.

Enabling works, which includes drainage works to support the new retail development, have been completed on Irlam Road (predominantly on the pavement and kerbside).  Work will now start this week on realigning the carriageway.

A new signalised junction at County Road and Irlam Drive is also planned with access to the new Morrisons supermarket a priority.  This will relieve pressure from Webster Drive and St Chad’s Drive and also promote better traffic flow at both this junction and the Hall Lane junction.

Two new crossings will be installed as part of the programme – a zebra crossing from St Chad’s Clinic across St Chad’s Drive to the new retail site and a pelican crossing from St Chad’s Clinic across St Chad’s Drive towards Kirkby Market.  These new crossings will help to enhance pedestrian safety in the town centre.

In addition, there will be two new taxi pick-up locations at either side of the new Morrisons store, making the store more accessible for visitors, and there will be new safer parking for cyclists installed throughout the new retail development.

Resurfacing works are also planned on County Road, Irlam Drive and North Parade.

This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

Also planned to start later this month is the installation a 20mph speed limit and traffic calming measures on Cherryfield Drive. This work is scheduled to take a week to complete.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said:

“This work is vital to support the increase in visitors to our town centre once the retail development and new Morrisons superstore opens.  Whether travelling by car, bus, taxi, bike or on foot, we want people to be able to access the new facilities quickly and safely.  The improvement works which have now commenced will help to promote safety and will ease traffic flow into and out of the town centre.”