In 1753. Parliament passed
an act making local trustees responsible for collecting tolls and maintaining
the road between Liverpool and Warrington. The following year, an order was
made for milestones to be set up on the turnpike road. The miles were numbered
from Liverpool Exchange. The tenth milestone is to be seen on the Skew Bridge,
and the eleventh is on Warrington Road between St Bartholomew's Church and Rainhill
The improvements to the road enabled a stage-coach service to start operating in May 1760 between Liverpool and Warrington, and onwards from there to Manchester and London.