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Plans in for £120m Rocket Junction scheme


A £120m plan to redesign Liverpool’s Rocket Junction at the M62 has been submitted to the Department for Transport.The scheme has been included as one of four major projects by Transport for the North within a £700m programme of works that have been identified as “critical to the economic growth” of the region.The draft proposals include demolishing the existing Queens Drive flyover and replacing it with a new roundabout, featuring a dual lane underpass.Rocket Junction is the busiest in Liverpool, with more than 100,000 vehicles travelling through it every day. It connects the start of the M62 with the A5080 and the A5058 Queens Drive.Liverpool City Council has recently declared a climate change emergency and sees the scheme as a “huge part” of its programme to reduce congestion and air pollution.The bid to the Department for Transport is for £92m, with the authority contributing the remainder via its £500m Better Roads programme. If approved, it is anticipated that works would begin in 2023.