Sefton Council and contractor John Sisk & Son have kicked off a project to add two “missing” slip roads at Junction 1 of the M58 nearly Maghull.
The project, supported by a £5.5m package from the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Fund, is aimed at reducing traffic on the A59 and residential roads around Maghull, as well as unlocking land for future development.
Works include stopping up the nearby Giddygate Lane, parallel to the motorway, and the construction of a northbound off-slip road and a southbound on-slip road.
Sisk has been attached to the scheme since 2017 and is working with Atkins as design partner. Work is expected to complete by spring 2020.
Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for locality services, said: “It’s great news to hear that initial work has started on this important scheme.
“Once complete we believe it will really improve the junction by providing additional slip lane facilities to accommodate all possible traffic movements.
“It will also support commercial and residential development in Maghull, increasing employment and facilitating new, more accessible development helping Sefton remain ‘open for business’.”