Working to make major junctions safe

Working to make major junctions safe

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Robin Park Road Cycle Way and Footpath

Works to improve a busy Wigan junction are due to begin.

Wigan Council has secured £1.5m from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund to make changes to the Victoria Street and Warrington Road junction near the Saddle Junction, to make it safer for all road users.

Bethell Group PLC, the contractor delivering the scheme, will start on site on 14 June for approximately 22 weeks.

Once complete, the improvements will contribute to the Bee Network – the Greater Manchester ambition to create the largest walking and cycling network in the country.

Planned changes include:

  • New pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities
  • Remove the merging of traffic so Victoria St and Warrington Rd have their own signal stages
  • Change the layout to two lanes on Warrington Road at the junction with Victoria Street
  • Extend cycle routes from Saddle Junction through to Alexandra Park
  • Install double yellow lines on Warrington Road between Mere Street and Woodyates Street

Councillor David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council said: “We are pleased that following the easing of restrictions and the limitations experienced as a result of the pandemic, we’re now in a position to see long-awaited changes at this junction come to fruition.

“I’m confident that these improvements will not only make the area safer for those choosing to walk or cycle, but also for motorists using the road.”

The local authority consulted with the public on the scheme in 2019. All comments received were taken on board and helped to shape the final design.

In advance of the works commencing, the local authority has delivered letters to all households and businesses in the immediate area to keep them informed of timescales.

Coun Molyneux, who is also responsible for the economy and regeneration portfolio added: “The improvements are designed to work hand-in-hand with the facilities at Saddle Junction and Robin Park Road, which have proven really popular with almost 90,000 cyclists and more than 205,000 pedestrians using the new facilities since March 2020.

“We share Greater Manchester’s vision of make cycling and walking a more attractive and safer option for all and are grateful for the local input we’ve received to help shape this scheme, which has ensured it will be fit for purpose.”

The announcement comes during National Bike Week 2021 when people across Greater Manchester are being encouraged to leave the car at home.

Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that work is beginning on these junction improvements, which will extend the quality cycling and walking route from Saddle Junction to Alexandra Park.

“We have a vision to make getting around by foot or bike the natural choice for people across Greater Manchester, and with over 100 schemes like this one in the development pipeline we’re making this a reality, enabling people to leave the car at home for everyday trips.”

For more information about the Victoria Street junction improvements, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/majorprojects

Posted on Thursday 3rd June 2021
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