Expressway will be a link to new business

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Improvement works to the Knowsley Expressway have been given the green light in a bid to cut traffic congestion and help create jobs.

Nearly £2m is set to be spent on preventing a bottleneck on the A5300 at its junction with the A562 Speke Road.

Knowsley Council has been awarded a £1.365m grant from the Government’s local pinch point fund for the project with the remainder of the total £1.95m bill to be covered by additional funding.

The junction is classed as a key part of Liverpool City Region’s transport network - connecting residents to large employment sites including Jaguar Land Rover, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Estuary Business Park and the Garston Industrial Area.

It also forms a vital part of the main route to and from the Mersey Multimodal Gateway development, Liverpool 2, the UK’s first Superport, Runcorn Bridge and the New Mersey Gateway.

Knowsley Council’s successful bid for funding was supported by Jaguar Land Rover, Getrag, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and IAC Group together with Halton Borough Council, Liverpool City Council, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce and the Road Haulage Association.

The improvement scheme will install a left turn slip road from the A5300 Knowsley Expressway southbound carriageway to the A562 Speke Road eastbound carriageway together with other enhancements to the overall interchange.

Work is set to start on September 8 and is expected to last 12 weeks.

Coun Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, economy and skills, said: “Knowsley is situated at the heart of the Liverpool City Region and the connectivity of the borough is a key strength for us. It’s one of the main reasons that so many companies choose to be based here.

“It’s critical that our transport network is fit for purpose and supports our ability to continue to act as a key economic driver.

“Congestion at the A5300/A562 junction is costly in economic terms. It restricts the flow of traffic to and from the surrounding employment centres, residential areas and development sites, which has a negative impact on economic activity and limits growth.

“Improvements to the junction will overcome this and provide much needed capacity that will enable growth and job creation. It will also connect our residents.”

to employment opportunities and support investment in the wider Liverpool City Region.”