Massive funding boost for St Helens’ transport links

Council leader Barrie Grunewald
Council leader Barrie Grunewald

Council leader Barrie Grunewald has welcomed a series of massive infrastructure projects which will provide a massive boost to the borough’s economic growth.

Highways England confirmed last week it would spent around £1.5bn on two vital motorways projected around St Helens.

These include a ten-mile section of the M6 - between junction 21a at the M62 interchange near Warrington and junction 26 at the M58 interchange near Skelmersdale - will become a smart motorway as part of a scheme worth up to £250m.

This section runs alongside Newton-le-Willows and the planned Parkside rail freight terminal – offering temptingly fast transport links for businesses looking at relocation options.

The Parkside project will also benefit from major upgrades to junction 22 on the M6 – costing up to £50 million.

“Confirmation of this investment will suddenly put St Helens into very sharp focus in the eyes of logistics, freight and warehousing companies looking for prime locations on the motorway network,” said Coun Grunewald.

“The Highways England announcement is a major milestone in our push to develop the Parkside site – and create new opportunities for businesses across the borough.”