A multi-million pound project to improve safety at one of St Helens’ most notorious accident blackspots has been approved by town hall chiefs.
The work - funded almost exclusively by a grant from the Liverpool City Growth Fund - is expected to start at Windle Island in autumn next year.
Engineers hope it will cut traffic jams on the East Lancs Road and improve pedestrian safety.
The work will cost over £4m.
A number of pedestrians have been killed and seriously injured on the Windle section of the East Lancs Road over recent years.
George Faulkner, 17, died in October 2008 when he was hit by a car as he crossed the road.
The tragedy happened as George, a former Rainford High school pupil, had been heading to catch the last bus home after attending a pal’s birthday party with friends at the Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union clubhouse on Moss Lane.
He had been due to fly out to Rhodes for a holiday with his girlfriend and her family the following day.
The development scheme will include a number of controlling crossings.
Coun Richard McCauley, cabinet member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, said: “Due to Windle Island’s unique positioning at the centre of both the St Helens and Liverpool City Region strategic road network, the improvements will enable it to serve a number of sites in the City Region, including Haydock Industrial Estate and the SuperPort – as well as delivering various other benefits to St Helens, like new housing and job prospects.
“With a large number of developments planned by St Helens Council and the Liverpool City Region over the coming years, which are expected to deliver tens of thousands of jobs, the Windle Island development will play a huge role in enabling these high profile developments to reach their full potential.”