We’re investing in our borough’s transport networks and town centres for better access to jobs, education, health and leisure.
- Read more about our economic growth ambitions and objectives in our Economic Vision.
Cycling and walking
We are improving our cycling and walking networks to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to move around the borough, encouraging healthy lifestyles, a reduction in carbon emissions and better access to facilities, services and retail.
We are working closely with GM on this work. Through extensive local consultation, they have produced the Bee Network, a proposed new cycling and walking network that will connect every neighbourhood in GM across all 10 districts. Alongside this, GM have been undertaking a major evidence-based piece of work guided by the Department for Transport – the GM Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
We're making improvements to our road networks to make your journey easier and quicker.
- The M58 link road will alleviate traffic on Ormskirk Road (A577), which is one of Wigan borough’s busiest routes, promoting east to west connectivity and improving air quality. We will be connecting the M58/M6 motorway junction via Leopold Street through to Billinge Road and on to Pemberton Business Park, where it will connect to the existing roundabout at Smithy Brook Road.
- The A49 link road will alleviate traffic on Poolstock and provide an alternative route for commuters and residents travelling into Wigan town centre. It will be a dual carriageway with a 40mph speed limit and will connect Warrington Road, Goose Green, to Westwood Park and the town centre at the Chapel Lane and Poolstock junction.
Wigan Bus Station
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has now completed the redevelopment of Wigan Bus Station on Hallgate (external link).
The new bus station opened last year offering improved facilities and a more attractive gateway to the town centre.
- A staffed and well-lit concourse
- Better passenger comfort and security
- Real-time bus departure displays
- Retail space, including a newsagent
- Accessible toilets, baby change and Changing Places facilities
- Improved pedestrian links to the town centre
- Covered cycle parking.
Find further information on TfGM's website (external link).
Market Place town centre regeneration
The Market Place area in the heart of Wigan town centre has recently been regenerated.
The upgrade included the replacement of existing benches, additional seating, recycling bins, installation of planters, trees and flowers, cycle parking facilities and lowering of the walled area.
The improvements have been developed to compliment major town centre events including the Wigan 10k, Wigan Pride and the continental markets.
The new Market Place now provides an attractive meeting point, good seating area and aims to reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. It now offers a more usable and flexible space for performances and events including markets, fairs, music concerts and more.
Leigh town centre improvements
Work to transform Leigh town centre into a more pleasant area for shoppers, visitors and traders was completed in 2018.
High quality block paving, new modern seating, LED lighting and tree planters have created a much more attractive space for shoppers, visitors and businesses.
The work has been part of a £5 million investment into Leigh and further improvement works are planned.
We want our borough to be fully connected, which means investing in digital infrastructure and services to help our businesses and residents to better exploit the digital age, to promote their services, create new avenues of business and become better connected.