THE long-awaited opening of the M58 Junction 1 slip roads took place last week after it had been delayed due to the pandemic.
MP Bill Esterson, along with many local residents and motorists, had been left frustrated by the delayed opening, which was blamed on ‘lockdown complicating the legal process’.
The slip roads finally opened to traffic on Friday, August 21 and will help reduce congestion in the Maghull and Melling areas, as well as improve journey times between Maghull and north Liverpool.
As part of the works, the council has also completed a section of cycle track which will extend into Kirkby.
Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services said: “I would like to thank motorists for their continued patience and cooperation while these works have been undertaken.
“The benefits of the new junction will reduce travel time, making it much easier for people in the local area to access the motorway network, while reducing traffic and air pollution on congested roads.
“The new junctions will also help facilitate potential future development in the Maghull area.”