Improving infrastructure and transport

We’re investing in our borough’s transport networks and town centres for better access to jobs, education, health and leisure.

Our schemes are all part of the Deal for the Future as we support the local economy to grow.

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.

  • Wigan town centre cycling routes - proposals for new routes
  • Standish Mineral Line - we have upgraded the route to make it a more accessible cycling, walking and horse-riding facility.
  • Local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIP) - we are working with Greater Manchester (GM) partners to develop a 10 year plan to improve and expand the local cycling and walking network across the borough, including links to cross-border routes and wider GM networks.
  • Growth Deal Minor Works (GDMW) - take a look at our proposals for improving cycling, walking and traffic management
  • Visit Inspiring healthy lifestyles (external link) to find out more about walking, running and cycling routes. 

Road networks

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.
  • We have received Government stage 1 approval to submit a funding bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to fund the creation of a full east-west road link connecting the M6 and M61 motorways and unlocking a number of sites for development.

Transport

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 on Sunday 28th October, offering improved facilities and a more attractive gateway to the town centre.

Improvements include:

  • A staffed and well-lit concourse
  • Better passenger comfort and security
  • Live 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).

Town centres

We are always looking for ways to improve our town centres, to keep them attractive destinations for visitors and shoppers.

To support this we have developed strategic investment plans for our primary and secondary town centres of Wigan, Leigh and Ashton and we are currently developing plans for Atherton and Tyldesley.

Market Place, Wigan

Market Place town centre regeneration

In January 2019 there will be significant improvements to Market Place including; 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 will be in keeping with the style of Wallgate and have been developed to compliment major town centre events including the Wigan 10k, Wigan Pride and the continental markets.

The new Market Place will provide an attractive meeting point, good seating area and aims to reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. It will also create a more usable and flexible space for performances and events including markets, fairs, music concerts and more.

Works are due to begin in January 2019 for approximately 10 weeks, meaning works will be done during the quiet town centre event period.

Bradshawgate improvements at nightLeigh town centre improvements

Work to transform Leigh town centre into a more pleasant area for shoppers, visitors and traders has been completed.

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.

Digital Connectivity

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.

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