Councillors approve £14.1m investment to improve road network

Motorists can expect to enjoy quicker, smoother and safer journeys thanks to a £14.1m investment in St Helens Borough roads.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet has approved plans that will see a major funding boost of £8.3m on a range of highway works. The money will go towards creating safer road networks for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians – as well as the continuation of the LED street lighting programme to replace old lampposts for more energy and cost-efficient ones and tackle potholes.

Among the projects that will come from the investment will be the creation of safer routes to schools, improving walking and cycling routes while there will also be footway and road resurfacing works and replacing old pay and display machines in council car parks with ones that offer a variety of ways to pay.

A further £5.8m will also be committed to an improvement scheme at Pewfall junction on the East Lancashire Road which will reduce traffic queuing on Liverpool Road, benefitting residents living nearby. A dedicated pedestrian and cycle crossing will also be put in place across the East Lancs.

The work is being funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s local growth fund who will invest £2.6m, local developers adding £500,000 to the project and St Helens Council will invest the remaining £2.6m to help support economic growth in the borough.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Lynn Clarke, said: “We know that residents really care about the road networks in our town and want to see us investing in making it easier to travel for everyone whether you drive, cycle or walk.

“This investment is really good news for the borough and everyone will see benefits like quicker journeys, safer roads and pavements and make our communities better-connected which will in turn help boost our economic growth too.”


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