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 which details the impact and benefits of the scheme 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 appointed Atkins Ltd as their design partner.
During 2017, ground investigation, pavement condition and bat surveys were completed to provide the design team with sufficient information in order to complete the design. The detailed design has now been completed, the scheme costed and the necessary approvals secured from Highways England. The Contractor is ready to move to the construction stage as soon as the necessary land has been secured.
The Planning Application for the scheme was considered by Planning Committee on 20th October 2017 and was approved. View the Planning Application and the decision notice.
One of the conditions requires the removal of any shrubs or trees to be completed out of the bird nesting season which begins at the start of March. In order to comply with this requirement, the Contractor is undertaking the necessary work in February under license agreements with the owners.
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 and it is hoped that agreement in principle can be achieved in February to enable the land to be transferred to the Council and the main works to commence April. This should allow the new slip roads to be open in early 2019.
If land can’t be secured by negotiation, then there will be a delay to the programme. The Council has approved the use of Compulsory Purchase Powers and the formal Order has now been made by Highways England on the Council’s behalf. The Order and related documents are attached. In addition the Council has made the Side Roads Order to allow the formal stopping up of the section of Giddygate Lane leading from Maghull Lane to Guest Farm – this was provided when the motorway was first constructed as a private means of access. In the consultation exercise, completed in 2016, the respondees expressed a preference for Giddygate Lane to be stopped up with no replacement provided. This is reflected in the scheme design. It should be pointed out that the scheme includes a farm access track to Guest Farm. The Side Roads order and related documents are attached as is the General Arrangement Plan for the scheme.
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.
Compulsory Purchase Order
Side Roads Order