Saddle works on track for completion

Saddle works on track for completion

The ongoing cycle works at Saddle Junction and Wallgate are on track for completion by the end of the year.

Wigan Council is delivering the ‘Cycle City’ scheme on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester and as the works pass the half way mark, residents are being thanked for their continued cooperation.

Becca Heron, director for economy said: “Works are progressing well along Saddle Junction and Wallgate and since the Robin Park Road section of the scheme was complete, we’ve received good feedback.

“We are working extremely closely with the contractor to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum or during off-peak hours.

“We have been extremely proactive in informing the public about the works and will continue to provide regular updates on our social media channels.”

This week will see the continuation of the three inbound lanes from Warrington Road being reduced to two. And for the next two weeks, the left turn from Pemberton towards Robin Park Road will be closed while it is reconstructed into a cycle lane and a new left turn is created between two new islands.

While this work takes place, motorists will be required to go around the Saddle Junction to access Robin Park Road. Signed diversions will be on site.

There will also be a lane closure on Warrington Road outside the Queen’s Arms pub during off-peak hours this week.

Becca continued: “Saddle Junction is one of the boroughs busiest junctions, so we fully appreciate that this may be inconvenient for some motorists, however, lane closures and reductions are only done when absolutely necessary and is the only way that the works can be continued safely and timely.

“Once complete, the cycleways will reduce congestion and air quality will be improved, which is a key priority for us.

“We’re committed to improving transport for commuters of all kind and offering suitable cycle facilities and lanes will give people more confidence to get on their bikes.

“We thank motorists and nearby businesses for their continued cooperation.”

The ‘Cycle City’ programme is being rolled out across Greater Manchester and is being paid for by the Department for Transport. The programme has been supported by Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman, and is committed to making cycling and walking a more attractive option for residents and visitors.

The cycle way and improved crossings along Saddle Junction and Wallgate will work hand in hand with the now completed Robin Park Road works and will provide a high-quality, alternative route in and out of the town centre.

For regular updates of the works, please follow Wigan Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Tuesday 25th September 2018

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