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Switch Island

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Switch Island
Location Map ( geo)
Switch Island Junction - Geograph - 3145261.jpg
Traffic on Switch Island
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Location
Aintree
County
Lancashire
Highway Authority
Highways England
Junction Type
Modified Roundabout
Roads Joined
M57, M58, A59, A5036, A5758
The final planned motorway design

Switch Island is a non-standard at-grade junction between several A-roads and two motorways to the north of Liverpool. Originally it opened in 1935 as a simple T-Junction between the A59 and A567 (now the A5036). In the 1950s this was upgraded into a roundabout and then was rebuilt for the M57 which opened in 1972. This was built with provision for additional grade-separated free-flow movements between the M57 and the then-unbuilt M58, both of which are still incomplete and provisionally end at this point. An interim layout was opened in 1980, along with the M58, although as traffic volumes rose modifications were hastily provided to the junction.

Initially, this was simply the provision of a through link between the A5036 and A59, creating a hamburger roundabout. By the turn of the 21st century this too was proving inadequate and a cut through from the M57 was created, whilst at the same time eliminating part of the circulatory carriageway to remove redundant movements.

This was then changed once again to allow provision of the A5758 in 2015. The roundabout is now virtually unrecognisable from what was opened in 1980, yet congestion is still a problem at this location.

With the focus on improvements to the Strategic Road Network, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a wider ranging improvement is considered for the junction as Bootle Docks are served by it, and the congestion has a negative impact on the national economy as a result.

History

The first roundabout (shown on the 1966 map)


Enlargement for the M57 in 1972


Routes

Route To Notes

M57

Kirkby, Liverpool (S) & Airport, Birmingham (M6), Manchester (M62)

M58

Skelmersdale, Preston (M6)

A59

Ormskirk, Southport (A570)

A59

Liverpool

A5036

Bootle, All Docks

A5758

Southport, Formby (A565), Thorton, Sefton, Crosby

A567

Bootle, All Docks

M57

Southport, Formby (A565), Thorton, Sefton, Crosby

M58

Liverpool


Links

Roads.org.uk

legislation.gov.uk



Switch Island
Related Pictures
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Switch Island Gantry - Coppermine - 11745.JPGM58 - Coppermine - 643.jpgMaghull interchange.jpgMaghull Interchange 2.jpgSwitch Island Junction - Geograph - 3145261.jpg
Other nearby junctions
Liverpool
Junctions on the M57
1 Tarbock Roundabout  • 2 Forest House  • 3 Huyton Spur  • 4 Randles Farm  • 5 Knowsley Wood  • 6 Kirkby • 7 Switch Island
Junctions on the M58
0 Switch Island  • 1 Maghull Lane  • 2 Junction 2  • 3 Bickerstaffe  • 4 Glenburn Road  • 5 Pimbo  • 6 Orrell
Junctions on the A59
Bidston Island • Queens Drive Flyover • Switch Island • Robbins Bridge Roundabout • Tarleton Bypass • Hutton Interchange • Penwortham Flyover • Samlesbury Interchange • Five Barred Gate • Langho Roundabout • Whalley Roundabout • Pendleton Roundabout • Broughton Roundabout • Gargrave Road Roundabout • Haw Park Roundabout • Ripley Store • Empress Roundabout • Bond End • Allerton Park Interchange


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