Sefton Council has developed a strategy and draft action plan to improve conditions along the very busy A565 route between Thornton and Seaforth. The strategy and action plan set out the Council's approach to managing traffic congestion, improving safety and accessibility, especially for pedestrians, and reducing air pollution.
We are now implementing the strategy and details of current individual schemes are provided below.
A565 / South Road / Haigh Road Junction, January 2012
A public consultation has taken place regarding proposals to widen the existing junction in order to provide two lanes in each direction with an additional right turn for traffic into South Road and Haigh Road. The proposals also include new pedestrian 'push button' facilities and central refuges on Crosby Road North.
Delivering the strategy
Significant progress has been made during 2011 on the delivery of the A565 Route Management Strategy including:
- New lane markings along parts of the route, which has improved the flow of traffic through these sections
- An improvement to the junction at Hicks Road
- Improvements to the College Road/Kingsway junction
Background to strategy development
Sefton Council is mainly responsible for delivering the Merseyside LTP objectives within the Borough. To achieve this, it has been recognised that there is a need for more detailed transport planning in some areas to ensure that local needs and requirements are being taken into account. One of these areas is the A565 through Crosby and Waterloo, where the Council is developing a route management strategy.
The UK Government identified congestion, accessibility, safety and air quality as priority issues in the development of LTPs. There are significant concerns about the A565 on all four of these priorities, hence the need to develop a route management strategy.