Balfour Beatty starts on Parkside Link Road
St Helens Council appointed the contractor to construct the link road, which will provide direct access from Junction 22 of the M6 to the former Parkside Colliery site in Newton-le-Willows.
Developer Langtree is working with St Helens Council to transform the old colliery site into a 230-are industrial estate. Plans for the site were approved by the Secretary of State in November last year after being called in for a public inquiry. The £38m link road is the first part of the project.
“The link road is the logical and efficient route in and out of the site and is designed to take pressure off the A49 and local junctions when the site is fully operational,” said John Downes, chairman of Parkside Regeneration and the Chief Executive of Langtree.
St Helens Council cabinet member for environment and transport Cllr Andy Bowden said that the link road would be “one of the biggest infrastructure projects [the] borough and the region has seen in many years”.
“This project shows that we are determined to unlock the huge potential of the wider site, which has lay derelict for too long – bringing much-needed jobs to the area – and capitalise on the site’s unique rail freight positioning to encourage sustainable industry,” Bowden continued.
Balfour Beatty began work on the site on Monday. Langtree estimates that work on the road will continue, at the very least, until the end of 2023.
Fletcher Rae Architects designed the Parkside Collier development, while Spawforths handled planning. Curtins was the transport consultant.