Maghull to Kirkby Cycling & Walking Route

Background

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 has now been completed.  This was constructed as part of the M58 Junction 1 works.  

The main details of the scheme are:

  • The creation of a 3m wide new route which 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 main scheme objectives are:

  • 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 proposed cycle route will encourage walking and cycling from Maghull to Kirkby and vice-versa and hence contribute to modal shift
  • The proposed route will facilitate better access to employment and training opportunities particularly for residents without access to a car.

Please see the plans below

Maghull to Kirkby General Arrangement Plan 1

Maghull to Kirkby General Arrangement Plan 2

Maghull to Kirkby General Arrangement Plan 3

Update December 2020

The  works to construct the remaining length began on 2nd December and are expected to take around 16 weeks. The programme is as follows:

  • Phase 1 – South of the Bank Hall Farm access – work started in the first week in December 2020
  • Phase 2 – Bank Hall Farm access to the Pear Tree Inn – to commence January 2021
  • Phase 3 – Pear Tree Inn to Spurriers Lane – to commence February 2021

The works will include some temporary lane closures which will be controlled with temporary traffic lights.  There are no plans for any full road closures.

Photos below are of the completed section of route near the M58