M58 link road one step closer

M58 link road one step closer

Planning permission for a major link road that will ease congestion and improve travel times is one step closer to being granted.

Wigan Council’s elected members are set to make a decision on the M58 link road next week as the application goes to planning committee and officers recommend councillors approve the plans.

The link road will connect junction 26 of the M6/M58 motorways with Wigan town centre, alleviating congestion on local roads including A577 Ormskirk Road, which is one of the busiest in the borough.

It will work hand in hand with the pending A49 link road, which will connect Warrington Road and Goose Green to Westwood Park and the town centre at Poolstock and Chapel Road junction.

In addition to providing key transport links, better connectivity and faster journey times, the plans are a major part of Wigan Council’s commitment to generating economic growth and improving infrastructure, as set out in The Deal for the Future.

Rebecca Heron, director of economy and skills at Wigan Council said: “We’re committed to finding ways to improve our infrastructure so people have better connectivity in, out and around the borough.

By providing a high-spec road network, we’re able to give people better access to jobs and opportunities and encourage more businesses to invest in the borough, which is a key priority for the council.”

In light of concerns from members of the public surrounding the M58 application, officers at the town hall will be proposing a number of conditions to the committee, which directly address the points raised.

Rebecca added: “We have used public opinion and thoughts to shape the application so we can ensure this is a project suited to everybody.

“We want to work with residents to make sure we’re able to provide a transport infrastructure fit for the future as this is crucial for the growth of our local economy.”

The link road will utilise an existing road, Leopold Street, and will mean building two new sections of road, which will connect it to the motorway junction. The road will be a single carriageway with a speed limit of 30mph.

Funding for the scheme will come from a combination of sources including Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal funding. It is estimated that work could begin on site in 2019 and the road could be completed in 2020.

Find more information about the M58 link road.

Posted on Thursday 17th May 2018

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