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 undertook the work in early 2018 under license agreements with the owners.
Negotiations have been ongoing with the owners during 2018 and the acquisition of one of the plots of land is progressing following agreement on price. It is still hoped that agreement can be reached with the other owners, although it is acknowledged that the Council may be reliant on Compulsory Purchase Powers in order to secure entry to the land.
In August this year the Secretary of State confirmed both the Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order that are necessary for the scheme to be delivered. Highways England are currently signing the appropriate notices which will then be served on the owners. This should allow access to the land in early January 2019 and thus the scheme to progress. Should acquisition by negotiation be secured within the next few weeks, it may be possible to start in November 2018. In any case, the slip roads should be open by the end of 2019.
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.
The Contractor is also committed to ensuring that the project leaves a positive legacy. As such discussions have been held with local schools and the University Civil Engineering Department with the hope that the Contractor can provide some learning opportunities.
Compulsory Purchase Order
Side Roads Order