Access works begin at Saints stadium site in St Helens

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WORK has started on improving access to the former United Glass site in St Helens, that will become home to the new Saints rugby stadium.

St. Helens Council has begun works on a road to form a new entrance to the derelict site by constructing a new roundabout and associated works. It said the access works will at Peasley Cross will help to push forward the area’s redevelopment, which will potentially create hundreds of new jobs.

Brian Spencer, leader of St. Helens Council, said: “The Council has long recognised the importance of this site and felt it appropriate to fund these works, without which, the re-development of the site could not have taken place.  This is a very proud moment as things now begin to take shape.”

Four companies have tendered to construct the £20m rugby league stadium, and a decision is expected soon.

John Downes, managing director of Langtree, which owns the site, said: “These works take us another significant step forward in ensuring the delivery of this important regeneration scheme. 

“The new stadium and Tesco superstore form phase one of the development and between them will create hundreds of new jobs in the borough.  I anticipate that Langtree will be in a position to announce the identity of the main contractor in the coming weeks with works starting on site soon after.”

The development of the former United Glass site is being delivered by a partnership of Langtree, St Helens Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Saints Rugby League Club and Tesco.