Pedestrian islands installed on busy Atherton road

Pedestrian islands installed on busy Atherton road

New safety measures in the form of pedestrian islands have been constructed on Tyldesley Road as the council looks to crackdown on speeding motorists and improve pedestrian crossing facilities.

Wigan Council’s traffic management teams started the work along Tyldesley Road on Monday.

It comes after concerns were raised by residents and councillors about accidents that had occurred on the busy stretch of road in the past.

While responsibility for enforcement against speeding motorists and dangerous driving lies with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), the council has continued to work with the force and consider possible options.

Traffic calming measures like pedestrian islands can only be installed when a road meets certain criteria.

 Short-term measures have already been put in place over the last 18 months to improve safety including a new vehicle activated sign and road resurfacing along with fresh painting of the road markings to improve visibility.

There has also been increased signage erected in the area to raise awareness of pedestrian and cycle safety.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet member for environment, said: “Work has started on installing pedestrian islands following concerns raised by councillors and residents and after our traffic engineers conducted thorough road safety investigations.

“It shows that Wigan Council takes the safety of motorists and pedestrians very seriously and that it will take action where necessary and when the safety measure is suitable for the location.

“I hope motorists in the borough continue to drive with care and obey speed limits that are put in place for a reason.”

Posted on Friday 31st January 2020

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