M62 temporary closure

This weekend there will be a temporary closure of part of the M62  as the Greystone footbridge across the motorway is demolished.

Both carriageways of the M62 will be closed from Junction 5 (Roby) to Junction 4 (Bowring Park Road) from 10pm Friday 31 July to 5am Monday 3 August 2015.

The footbridge has reached the end of its serviceable life and Knowsley Council is investing in a new modern replacement bridge that will cater for both cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will be illuminated in the evenings to ensure a safe crossing route.

During the temporary closure, the primary diversion routes are via the M57, East Lancashire Road, Queens Drive and via the A5300 Knowsley Expressway, Speke Road, Speke Hall Road, Hillfoot Road, Menlove Avenue and Queens Drive. 

Secondary diversion routes are via Thomas Lane, Liverpool Road and the M57 and via Roby Road and Bowring Park Road.

It is anticipated that travelling along the diversion routes could add an additional 15 to 20 minutes travel time. Drivers are advised to factor this into any journeys.

Access from The Rocket junction to Thomas Lane/Broad Green Hospital will be maintained.

Messages have been displayed on electronic signs and road side signs to alert motorists in advance about the closure.

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “We’ve been working closely with neighbouring local authorities and emergency services to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

“While we appreciate the temporary motorway closure will cause some inconvenience, we hope that people will understand that this is necessary to allow the demolition work to be carried out safely.”

There will be a further temporary closure of part of the M62 when the new bridge is installed on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2015.