The M58 Junction 1 – Improvement Scheme involves of the construction of the ‘missing’ slip roads at the junction, providing a northbound off slip and a southbound on-slip. As well as improving journey times between Maghull and North Liverpool the scheme will reduce traffic on the A59 and some residential roads and facilitate potential future development in the Maghull area. The full business case is available on the Mersey Travel website.
Sefton Council has received an offer of funding from the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Fund for £5.5m toward the scheme budget and is now pressing ahead with the work required to progress the scheme. The overall scheme budget is £6.7m.
Early in 2017, the Council appointed John Sisk and Sons to complete the design and construction of the scheme. They have appointed Atkins Ltd as their design partner.
The preliminary design has been completed and discussions held with Highways England who will manage the new slip roads on completion. Surveys and Investigations are ongoing and the information received will influence the detailed design process.
In parallel to the design, negotiations are ongoing with the landowners to secure the necessary land to enable construction to proceed. It is the Council’s intention to acquire land by negotiation although the Council has approved the use of Compulsory Purchase Powers should negotiations not prove successful.
The Council has now submitted a Planning Application for the scheme and can be viewed on the Council’s website.
Among the various reports completed and submitted as part of the application, are the following;
- A Traffic Impact Assessment
- A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
- An Air Quality and Noise Assessment
- An Ecology Scoping Report
Subject to the land being secured and the necessary approval granted it is anticipated that the scheme will start on site in early 2018.