The M58 Junction 1 – Improvement Scheme involves 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 which details the impact and benefits of the scheme is available on the Mersey Travel website.
Sefton Council received an offer of funding from the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Fund for £5.5m toward the scheme in 2016.
Early in 2017, the Council appointed John Sisk and Sons to complete the design and construction of the scheme. They appointed Atkins Ltd as their design partner.
During 2017, ground investigation, pavement condition and wildlife surveys were completed to provide the design team with sufficient information in order to complete the design. The detailed design was then completed, the scheme costed and the necessary approvals secured from Highways England. The Planning Application for the scheme was considered by Planning Committee on October 20, 2017 and was approved. View the Planning Application and the decision notice.
Negotiations have been ongoing with the various landowners for some time and agreement has been reached with all the landowners for the various plots of land required for the scheme.
Works began on site on May 20, 2019. The early activities include the construction of the site compound and farm access track for the benefit of Guest Farm. Once this exercise is completed, the section of Giddygate Lane parallel to the motorway will be stopped up as per the Order granted in 2018. Works will then be focussed on the earthworks associated with the slip roads.
If the scheme goes to programme, then the new slip roads should be open and operational by Spring 2020.
A public information session was held in November 2017 at Meadows Leisure Centre. This gave residents the opportunity to find out more about the scheme and talk to the team. Council Officers would be happy to address any further queries on the details of the scheme. For further information please send an e-mail to Transport.Planning@sefton.gov.uk.
John Sisk and Sons are committed to ensuring that the project leaves a positive legacy and have planned a number of initiatives. They have been in touch with 5 local schools to offer to share information year in relation to engineering, technology and/or construction site safety. They are also contacting Lancashire Wildlife Trust with the view to discussing any projects they have at Lunt Meadows that they can assist with and have previously provided design data to the University of Liverpool School of Engineering for use in design projects.
As the scheme develops, updates will be shown on this website, and Sefton Council’s Facebook page and twitter account.
Compulsory Purchase Order
Side Roads Order