Works Start on Standish Mineral Line Extension

Works Start on Standish Mineral Line Extension

A Wigan Council project to extend the Standish Mineral Line has begun, extending this popular walking and cycling route from junction 27 of the M6 through to Preston Road.

This builds on the upgrade completed in 2018, which saw the transformation of the former railway track into an accessible path for local people that can be used all year round, providing an alternative way for people to travel into Standish village centre.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for planning, environmental services and transport said, “The improvements completed on the Standish Mineral Line have been really popular, transforming what had been a narrow and muddy track and making it easy, safe and accessible for people to walk, cycle and even ride a horse along this route, all year round.

“This extension will link to a wider network of routes in the area that will provide people with safe, quiet connections from Shevington Moor through to Standish and beyond”.

The Line forms part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s Bee Network, with investment from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund and Section 106 contributions from housing developers, delivered by Wigan Council to upgrade the cycling, walking and bridleway route. These works will resurface existing routes and public rights of way, and create new connections, crossings, and links to new housing developments.

Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for Greater Manchester, said: "It's great to see the start of the work to extend this hugely popular route get underway.

“The local communities who already use it will further benefit from this extension and I hope it will enable many more active journeys to be enjoyed in that area.”

Works have started to improve the bridleway from Robin Hill Lane to Cat i’ th’ Window Farm with a wider path, surfacing, and lighting. These improvement works will be phased to minimise disruption and advance notice will be given ahead of any public right of way closures.

New zebra crossings are set to be built across Old Pepper Lane from Churton Grove / Brookfield Road, and across the A49 Preston Road from Ludlow Street.

Coun Prescott added: “This really is a major improvement, creating a well-connected, safe and attractive walking and cycling route, building on the success of the Standish Mineral Line. This will make it easier for people to choose to hop on their bike or walk, which is great for our health and great for our planet.

“These works are expected to be complete next Spring. Any diversions and other traffic measures will be signposted as far in advance as possible, and posted on our website at Thank you to residents for their patience as we complete these works.“

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Posted on Tuesday 22nd November 2022

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