M57/M58 Switch Island

Improvements to the junction and safety at Switch Island, near Aintree in Liverpool.

Region:  North West
Start date:  5 February 2018
Cost:  Â£5 million
Status:  COMPLETED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  December 2018
Programme:  

Progress report

The Switch Island project, which was funded by the government’s £220 million congestion relief programme, began in early 2018 and was originally due to take 12 months but has been completed six weeks early.

Airport-runway-style LED studs, extra-high traffic lights and high-friction surfaces are among the improvements, following 49 collisions at the junction in two years – an average of one every fortnight.

traffic lights

The 175 LED lights mark out lanes at the junction and automatically switch on when traffic lights turn green, helping drivers stay in the right lane and reducing the risk of collisions.

The new five-metre-high traffic lights are also designed to improve safety as they are higher than HGVs and double-decker buses so that drivers approaching Switch Island can clearly see when the lights are changing.

Other improvements include changes to the road layout and lane markings, new barriers between carriageways, and four new overhead gantries (three of which were added to the programme midway through the work, leading to a final cost of £5m). These gantries clearly display destination signs over each lane.

new gantries

A new 400-metre shared cycle path has been created through the junction as well, which links up with the existing cycle path alongside the A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road.

Our maintenance teams have also been making improvements to the A5036 while the junction upgrade work has been taking place, including filling potholes, installing new signs and repairing footpath guard rails.

What's next?

We will be performing some landscaping work to improve the area where our site compound area was situated.

Timeline

Date Event
February 2018 Work begins
March 2018 New cycle route and new gantry construction work begins
December 2018 Sheme completed

Why we need this scheme

This is a key route that accesses a number of amenities, as well as local employers such as the Port of Liverpool. Successive improvements to the roundabout mean it now has multiple arms. The most recent improvements have been the addition of a direct link from Switch Island to the A595 which bypasses the village of Thornton. The roundabout has a poor safety record with a high accident rate.

Aims

The primary aim is to improve safety for road users by encouraging them to reduce speeds and improve their lane discipline. This will be achieved by installing various signs, a new gantry and by improved road markings.

Improvements will include:

  • construction of a new motorway gantry
  • installation of high-mast traffic signals
  • improvements to cycle facilities
  • installation of ‘intelligent cats eyes’ - which light up in response to changing traffic lights
  • improvements to the road layout
  • carriageway surfacing

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 07:00 on 18 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 8:01 pm
Location : The M57 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 07:00 on 18 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 7:58 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 5:08 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 4:48 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 4:48 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 7:17 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M57 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 14 August 2019 to 05:00 on 23 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am

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