Peel L&P has confirmed the route and funding for £10m of roadworks at Junction 23 of the M6 in St Helens, as part of its £165m Haydock Point industrial development.
In 2017, Peel L&P, working with logistics developer PLP, submitted a planning application to St Helens Council for a 1.8m sq ft manufacturing and logistics project on land at Haydock Point, next to the junction.
Located where the M6 meets the A580 East Lancashire Road and the A49 Lodge Lane, Peel said the junction is known locally for being busy at peak times.
As part of delivering Haydock Point, the northern arm of the A49 Lodge Lane would be re-routed through the site to a new junction on the A580 East Lancashire Road. There would also be improvements to Junction 23 itself.
Nearby in Haydock, Bericote’s proposals for a 1.4m sq ft industrial development at the site formerly known as Florida Farm faced fierce criticism from residents over the years. When Peel submitted its application one of the key contentious issues was the strain additional vehicles would put on the roads.
The project been designed to fit into a wider package of works identified by St Helens Council, working with Highways England and Wigan Council.
Peel said work would begin on Haydock Point in 2021.
Richard Knight, director of land and communities at Peel L&P said: “Our proposals for new manufacturing and logistics at Haydock Point are an opportunity to deliver £10m of private investment into vital improvements at Junction 23.
“We understand that equipping the junction to handle traffic more efficiently and safely is essential for the future prosperity and wellbeing of this area. The improvements will also facilitate a major economic investment in St Helens.”
Neil Dickinson, chief investment officer of PLP said: “Demand for new logistics buildings in the region is extremely strong and Haydock Point is ideally located to satisfy these requirements.
“PLP will deliver this scheme quickly, including a vastly improved layout to Junction 23, delivering significant benefits to local people and local businesses. Haydock Point will become the best logistics employment park in the North West.”
Additional information about the improvements has now been submitted to the council. Turley is advising on the project.