Maghull to Kirkby Cycling & Walking Route
With north Maghull earmarked for further growth, there is a need to connect new housing developments in Maghull with key employment and training opportunities (for example in Knowsley Industrial Estate) by active travel modes in order to provide an alternative travel option to the car.
The proposed Maghull to Kirkby cycle route scheme is intended to encourage walking and cycling between Maghull and Kirkby by making the route more inviting and attractive for both pedestrians and cyclists alike. The route will start at the junction of Maghull Lane / Prescot Road and continue along the A506 Prescot Road and Bank Lane to the borough boundary with Knowsley and meet the existing shared use provision. The plans also include two new crossing points which would improve access to local facilities and services.
A consultation exercise was undertaken in December 2018 and a planning application was submitted and subsequently approved in August 2019.
A small section of the cycle route at the northern end between Maghull Lane / Prescot Road and the Highways England cycle provision on the roundabout of the M58 Junction 1 (Phase 1) has now been completed. This was constructed as part of the M58 Junction 1 works. The remaining length (Phase 2) should be completed later this year.
The scheme has been designed to have the following key features:
The provision of a key link from the borough boundary with Knowsley along the A506 up to the junction of Maghull Lane / Prescot Road
The cycle route will be off road and shared use (for both cyclists and pedestrians)
The provision of two new Toucan Crossings (on Prescot Road rear of the Pear Tree and on Bank Lane) to improve access to local facilities and services in the area
The cycle route is intended to encourage walking and cycling from Maghull to Kirkby and vice-versa
The route will facilitate better access to employment and training opportunities
Please see the plans below
Photos below are of the completed section of route near the M58