Major highways improvement scheme to begin

Work is to begin next week on a highways scheme to upgrade a major arterial route in and out of Liverpool city centre.

 Improvement works along Prescot Road (A57) will begin on Monday, 18 February, and will run from Low Hill, near the Royal Liverpool Hospital, to Newton Road by Newsham Park. The first phase will start between Shiel Road and Laurel Road.

The £3.5m scheme, which will run until the Autumn, will consist of replacing the existing road surface, which has deteriorated over the years, and upgrading highway drainage, pedestrian facilities, footways and traffic signals.

The work forms part of Liverpool City Council’s £500m highway investment programme - Better Roads - in conjunction with the council’s commitment “to deliver a strong and growing city” and provide a “connected and accessible city with quality infrastructure”, as set out in the Inclusive Growth Plan.

The successful tenderer for this scheme, Huyton Asphalt, will carry out the programme which will involve lane closures, diversionary routes, night working, temporary traffic lights and off-peak working.

At certain times there may be road closures required to allow for safe working. These planned closures will be limited to overnight only (between 8pm and 6am) - unless there are unforeseen circumstances or an emergency situation arises.

Diversion routes will be in place and road users are advise that delays will be likely and to explore alternative journeys for those travelling to and from the Islington, Fairfield and Kensington and Old Swan areas.

The A57 programme has received £2.7m from the Local Growth Fund (LGF). LGF funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority through its Strategic Investment Fund.