Proposed improvement schemes

Wigan Council has been allocated funding through Greater Manchester’s Growth Deal.

Take a look at our proposals for improving cycling and walking.

Poolstock

Currently Poolstock and Poolstock Lane is used as a commuter and through route to access Wigan Town Centre and the M6 motorway and as a result is one of Wigan’s most congested corridors. This creates environmental problems on a road fronted by residential properties.

Following the completion of the A49 Link Road scheme, there is now a real opportunity to re-address the balance of traffic using this route and to make Poolstock and Poolstock Lane a more residential focused area.

The scheme aims to transform the environment for residents, pedestrians, and cyclists, by removing heavy traffic flow and assisting the movements of pedestrians and cyclists. Amendments to junctions, road marking removal, 20mph speed limit, raised tables, crossing points and landscaping will be used to change the characteristics of the area to provide a more residential feel.

Controlled crossing facilities at the A49 Link Road intersection and cycle/walking links to the canal at Pool Street, aim to enhance walking and cycle links providing easier access to Wigan town centre, local retail and businesses.

After seeking views of residents and businesses along Poolstock and Poolstock Lane in March and December 2019, we have now finalised the plans for the scheme. The scheme has been split into five work packages and scheme plans can be seen below:

  • Poolstock Lane / Snowdon Avenue - Proposed raised junction and removal of guard railings
  • A49 Link Road / Poolstock Lane interface - Proposed parallel zebra crossing and narrowing of the Worsley Mesnes junction
  • Poolstock / Morton Avenue / Helmsman Way - Proposed raised junction and decluttering
  • Poolstock / Pool Street - Removal of the existing mini roundabout, to be replaced with a priority junction, along with an enhanced cycling and walking link to the canal
  • Whole route treatment to include:
    • Traffic signal timing changes at A49 Warrington Road and Poolstock Lane junction
    • Traffic signal timing changes at Chapel Lane / Poolstock junction
    • Removal of road markings / centre line
    • Protected parking bays
    • 20mph speed limit
    • Decluttering and landscaping.

Scheme plans

Delivery

Work will start on site on 20th February 2021 and work packages will be implemented on a phased sequence:

  1. Poolstock /Morton Avenue (February-March)
  2. Poolstock Lane / Snowdon Avenue (April-May)
  3. Whole route signs, lines and 20mph (February-March)
  4. Poolstock / Pool St (May-June)
  5. Poolstock Lane / A49 Link Road interface (June-July)
  6. Whole route treatment (landscaping, traffic signal timing changes, buildouts) (August)

Please note the above timescales and sequencing is subject to confirmation following contractor availability, COVID-19 restrictions and weather. The construction phasing and timescales are currently being reviewed and this page will be regularly updated.

Traffic management

Traffic management, such as lane closures or diversions, will be communicated in advance and clearly signposted. These measures are necessary and will ensure the safety of the workforce and the public.

It is predicted there will be fewer vehicles on the road due to the national guidance to stay at home, so we are taking the opportunity to deliver the works now. While we appreciate that there will be some initial disruption, this will be closely monitored throughout the scheme duration to minimise disruption to residents and businesses.

Riverway pedestrian and junction improvements

This scheme aims to transform the experience for people travelling by foot, by addressing the current difficulties for safe crossing posed by the ring road (Riverway). This will be achieved by providing safe and direct walking routes with crossing facilities at one of the main junctions along Riverway.  The junction improvements are at Darlington Street/King Street.

This is predominantly a pedestrian improvement scheme that will address severance, congestion, and air quality issues at this junction.

Have your Say

In order to develop the scheme proposals, we are now seeking comments and feedback from the public to inform the final plans and designs.

The consultation period runs from Monday 22 February until Friday 19 March 2021.

Contact the Major Projects team with your questions, queries, comments or suggestions.

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 plan to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists along Wallgate.

We propose to upgrade the current shared footway into a segregated facility, so pedestrians and cyclists have their own dedicated space. This would be from the junction of Wallgate with Great George Street all the way to Haig Street.

New pedestrian and cycle crossings are proposed at the following locations:

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

The crossings proposed above will replace some of the existing crossings, which will be removed from:

  • The in and outbound carriageway of Wallgate, near Bridgewater Street
  • Southgate, near Swan Meadow Road
  • Wallgate, near Haig Street.

Other proposals include:

  • Improvements to the junction of Wallgate with Caroline Street to include cycle facilities. A traffic lane will be removed between Queen Street and Caroline Street for vehicles travelling away from the town centre to provide space for the cycling facility. Traffic modelling shows this will not have a significant impact on traffic flows.
  • Improved street lighting and new tree lights to enhance the environment
  • More benches along Wallgate to provide resting points
  • More trees and planting to improve the environment
  • Pedestrian and cycle priority across Clayton Street at the junction with Wallgate.

Have your say

The consultation is now closed.

In order to develop the scheme proposals, we are now seeking comments and feedback from the public to inform the final plans and designs.

The consultation period runs from 7th December 2020 to 8th January 2021.

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