Major Projects Completed Schemes

Robin Park Road and Saddle Junction

Wigan Council received additional funds from the Department for Transport Cycle City programme to make cycling more attractive in Wigan borough.

Phase 1 of the plans included dedicated cycle and pedestrian facilities and cycle crossings on Robin Park Road.

Phase 2 plans were to improve cycling at the Saddle Junction and around the Newtown area, including Wallgate.

These works are now complete and residents can benefit from:

  • Dedicated cycle facilities, which are segregated from traffic and pedestrians
  • Wider footways to allow cyclists and pedestrians to share the space segregated from traffic
  • New and improved crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Improved access to Robin Park shopping and leisure complex, Wigan town centre and other local amenities
  • New cycle parking facilities.

Standish Mineral Line

Standish Mineral Line

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Standish Mineral Line

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Standish Mineral Line

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Standish Mineral Line

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Standish Mineral Line complete

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Standish Mineral Line

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Standish Mineral Line complete

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Standish Mineral Line

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Wigan Council has upgraded the old mineral line in Standish, known locally as ‘The Line’, from a muddy track to a hard-wearing, multi-user route. With a history of coal transportation, The Line is a heritage point for Standish and a key access route into Standish centre for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The 3-metre-wide, illuminated, bridleway path has been funded by contributions from the new housing developments in Standish and seeks to reduce the number of car journeys and the impact that they have, especially as more houses are built alongside the route. It will also support people in leading healthier lives by providing a safe active travel option, encouraging people to walk, cycle or ride into Standish centre.

The new surfaced and lit route runs from School Lane through to Brookfield Road for a more direct and safer off-road connection between Standish centre and Shevington Moor. New connections have been created at Woodhurst Drive and Bradshaw Close, along with improvements to the car park and pathways surrounding the pond at Brookfield Road.

Market Place town centre regeneration

Market Place completed works

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Market Place

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Market Place

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Market Place

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The Market Place area in the heart of Wigan town centre has recently been regenerated.

The upgrade included the replacement of existing benches, additional seating, recycling bins, installation of planters, trees and flowers, cycle parking facilities and lowering of the walled area.

The improvements have been developed to compliment major town centre events including the Wigan 10k, Wigan Pride and the continental markets.

The new Market Place now provides an attractive meeting point, good seating area and aims to reduce reports of anti-social behaviour. It now offers a more usable and flexible space for performances and events including markets, fairs, music concerts and more.

Bradshawgate, Leigh

Bradshawgate improvements at night

Work to transform Leigh town centre into a more pleasant area for shoppers, visitors and traders was completed in 2018.

High quality block paving, new modern seating, LED lighting and tree planters have created a much more attractive space for shoppers, visitors and businesses.

The work has been part of a £5 million investment into Leigh and further improvement works are planned.

Wigan Bus Station

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has now completed the redevelopment of Wigan Bus Station on Hallgate (external link).

The new bus station opened last year offering improved facilities and a more attractive gateway to the town centre.

Improvements include:

  • A staffed and well-lit concourse
  • Better passenger comfort and security
  • Real-time bus departure displays
  • Retail space, including a newsagent
  • Accessible toilets, baby change and Changing Places facilities
  • Improved pedestrian links to the town centre
  • Covered cycle parking.

Find further information on TfGM's website (external link).

A49 Link Road

A49 link road

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A49 link road

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A49 link road

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A49 link road

Aerial view showing the progress so far

The A49 Goose Green to Westwood Park Link Road is a connection from A49 Warrington Road at Goose Green to Westwood Park, north of Pearsons Flash and Scotmans Flash. Construction was completed and the road opened in June 2020.

The new link road comprises 2.3 km of new dual 2-lane carriageway, which includes an upgrade from single 2-lane to dual 2-lane carriageway along the existing Westwood Park internal access road. Three new major structures to bridge existing watercourses, canals and a primary road have been built, plus the widening of an existing road bridge. Other structures include two new footbridges, a new culvert and headwall and two retaining walls. 

The A49 link road provide a new attractive dual carriageway gateway between the M6 and Wigan town centre, addressing congestion and air quality issues on current routes, and will also complement and support other components of Wigan’s transport strategy such as the new M58 link road.

Bridgewater Canal Towpath

The first Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) scheme is now complete with improvements to the canal towpath in Astley. The works included a stretch of towpath from Higher Green Lane to the Salford border, with a new multi-user surface, as well as improved drainage, access points and signage along the canal.

This Astley section of Bridgewater Way encourages people to walk and cycle on the canal and towpath from Wigan Pier through Leigh and into Salford.

The upgrade of this ‘missing link’ has resulted in a 20-mile continuous high-quality sustainable transport route from Wigan to Salford and beyond.

Smithy Brook Road / Warrington Road junction improvements

 The A49 and M58 link road schemes will converge at the A49 Warrington Road / Smithy Brook Road (SBR) junction in Goose Green, meaning that it will become a major intersection.

This junction improvement scheme at SBR is now complete and will improve traffic capacity on the network, as well as providing improved facilities for people travelling on foot and by bike, enhancing connectivity and maintaining road safety for all users.

The scheme has:

  • Reduced the central refuge island to create additional traffic lanes in both directions on the A49 Warrington Road (between Smithy Brook Road and the A49 Link Road roundabout)
  • Created an additional left turn lane on the A49 Warrington Road northbound approach into Smithy Brook Road
  • Delivered two-way segregated cycle facilities to aid connectivity and maintain road safety for people on bikes
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities at the junction by installing toucan crossings
  • Created a new walking and cycling connection to Duke Street.

Riverway pedestrian and junction improvements

This scheme has transformed the experience for people travelling by foot, by addressing the current difficulties for safe crossing posed by the ring road (Riverway). This has been achieved by providing safe and direct walking routes with crossing facilities at one of the main junctions along Riverway, Darlington Street / King Street.

The improvements will address severance, congestion, and air quality issues at this busy junction.

Victoria Street / Warrington Road junction improvements

The Victoria Street / Warrington Road junction improvement scheme has changed the junction by removing the traffic merge so that Victoria Street and Warrington Road now have their own signal stages, i.e. when traffic on Warrington Road is moving through the junction, traffic on Victoria Street is stopped and vice versa.

There is a new crossing to help pedestrians safely cross this busy junction. This  means a better flow of traffic with less queuing as well as safer movement of vehicles, making it safer for pedestrians too. The scheme has also incorporated segregated pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, providing a continuous route from Alexandra Park along Warrington Road and connecting with the recently completed facilities at Saddle Junction cycle scheme and Robin Park Road.

There is a new toucan crossing near Alexandra Park and double yellow lines have been installed between Woodyates Street and Mere Street.

There is now a  much more coherent, direct and safe cycling and pedestrian route, giving people a better experience when negotiating this busy junction.

Leigh to Pennington

Leigh to Pennington

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Leigh to Pennington

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Leigh to Pennington

As part of our aim to create a cycling and walking network throughout Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, the first phase of these works has completed on site, known as the Leigh to Pennington Scheme.

The overall scheme has created a cycling and walking link between Leigh Town Centre, Leigh Sports Village (LSV) and Pennington Flash. Phase 1 has enhanced the existing off-road network between St Helens Road and the Sports Village, providing improved surfacing so the pathway can be used all year round. It is intended that lighting columns will be installed later this year.

Future Proposals

These footpath improvement works will complement a wider proposed programme of works which will look to create a continuous route from Leigh town centre, connecting to Pennington Flash via Leigh Sports Village.

St Helens Road/Bonneywell Road Crossing

The next phase of works is a new toucan crossing on St Helens Road near Bonnywell Road, which will be led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). TfGM ran a consultation on this proposed crossing back in September 2021 and detailed designs have been produced based on that feedback. Implementation on site is envisaged mid to late Summer.

St Helens Road north to south connectivity

Concepts will be developed in partnership with our design consultant and key stakeholders for north to south connectivity along St Helens Road, connecting Leigh town centre to the off-road path improvements in the coming months. We will provide a further update when the early design work commences.

The Road to Wigan Pier (Wallgate to Wigan Pier)

To better connect the town centre with the Wigan Pier Quarter and Robin Park area, we have transformed the environment for pedestrians and cyclists along Wallgate.

The shared footway has been upgraded into a segregated facility, so pedestrians and cyclists have their own dedicated space, from the junction of Wallgate with Great George Street all the way to Haig Street.

Two new pedestrian and cycle crossings have been installed at the following locations:

  • Across Wallgate, near Haig Street, at the main entrance to the Wigan Pier Development
  • Across the in and outbound carriageways of Wallgate at the junction with Miry Lane.

Other works included:

  • Improvements to the junction of Wallgate with Caroline Street to include cycle facilities. A traffic lane has been removed between Queen Street and Caroline Street for vehicles travelling away from the town centre to provide space for the cycling facility.
  • Improved street lighting and new trees with lights to enhance the environment, coming in November when it is tree planting season
  • More benches along Wallgate to provide resting points
  • Pedestrian and cycle priority across Clayton Street at the junction with Wallgate.

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