Schemes proposed for the Borough

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

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

Leigh/Atherton/Tyldesley Bee Network

This scheme will provide improved routes and crossings throughout Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley to create a new and improved cycling and walking network. Our proposals will improve easy and safe access to key destinations across the Leigh area, helping to cut congestion, improve air quality, and increase cycling and walking across the area.

Key features and elements of the scheme include:

  • Improved on and off-road cycling and walking routes for easier and safer access into Leigh, Tyldesley and Atherton
  • New and improved links to key destinations including schools, health services, transport hubs and leisure areas
  • Provision of dedicated cycling and walking lanes, and safe crossing points, along main roads and near schools
  • Sustainable access to jobs and town centres to support businesses and services located there
  • North to South connectivity along St Helen's Road, connecting Leigh town centre to the already completed off-road path improvements at Leigh Sports Village. Further details of this scheme can be found on our completed scheme webpage
  • Leigh Market Place
  • The area to the west of Leigh known as Leigh Neighbours
  • Atherton and Tyldesley town centres.

It is anticipated that some work may start on site in 2022 and the full programme will be completed over the next couple of years.

Standish/Wigan/Ashton Bee Network

This scheme will provide improved routes and crossings to connect Standish, Wigan and Ashton and create a new and improved cycling and walking network. Our proposals will improve easy and safe access to key destinations along the A49 corridor, helping to cut congestion, improve air quality, and increase cycling and walking across the area.

Key features and elements of the scheme include:

  • Improved on and off-road cycling and walking routes for easier and safer access into Standish, Wigan and Ashton.
  • New and improved links to key destinations including schools, health services, transport hubs and leisure areas.
  • Provision of dedicated cycling and walking lanes, and safe crossing points, along main roads and near schools.
  • Sustainable access to jobs and town centres to support businesses and services located there.

This is a long-term programme that will be completed over a number of years. It is anticipated that some work on site will commence in 2020 and will continue over the coming years.

Leigh Active Neighbourhood

Wigan Council are working with TfGM through the Greater Manchester Mayor's Challenge Fund (MCF) to develop schemes which can help people to make more active journeys by improving local streets to make it easier for people to walk and cycle around their neighbourhood.

We believe there is the opportunity to develop an ‘Active Neighbourhood’ in the area to the north-west of Leigh town centre. This will reduce the number of vehicles that use an area as a rat-run, making the streets quieter, the air less polluted, and movement safer for local residents and businesses. This scheme is a chance to make the neighbourhood a nicer place to spend time, and a safer place to walk and cycle around. With some carefully planned measures, this should reduce how often people choose to drive when making a short journey within the local area and make it much better for residents who don’t have access to a car to get around. The scheme may also give us a chance to create more public spaces for the community to use, or areas for children to play in.

Have your say

In order to develop scheme proposals, we consulted with members of the public in October / November 2021. We asked for feedback via Commonplace and carried out a site walk. Feedback from this initial consultation has been used as a basis for our designs, which we will share later this year.

To see what comments were made in the initial consultation visit our Commonplace site (external link).

Tyldesley Active Travel Scheme

Wigan Council are working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) through the Greater Manchester Mayor's Challenge Fund (MCF) to develop schemes which can help people make more active journeys by improving local streets, making it easier for people to walk and cycle around their neighbourhood.

We believe there is the opportunity to develop a scheme in Tyldesley which can contribute to making your streets quieter, safer, and more pleasant places to live and spend time in. With some carefully planned improvements, we hope to give people the option to leave the car at home and walk or cycle to the shops, to school, and to see friends, making it a much more pleasant experience.

Have your say

In order to develop scheme proposals, we consulted with members of the public in December 2021 / January 2022. We asked for feedback via Commonplace and carried out a site walk. Feedback from this initial consultation will be used as a basis for our designs, which we will share later this year.

To see what feedback was given visit Tyldesley Active Travel Commonplace (external link).

Atherton Active Travel Scheme

Wigan Council are working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) through the Greater Manchester Mayor's Challenge Fund (MCF) to develop schemes which can help people make more active journeys by improving local streets, making it easier for people to walk and cycle around their neighbourhood.

We believe there is the opportunity to develop a scheme in Atherton which can contribute to making your streets quieter, safer, and more pleasant places to live and spend time in. With some carefully planned improvements, we hope to give people the option to leave the car at home and walk or cycle to the shops, to school, and to see friends, making it a much more pleasant experience.

Have your say

In order to develop scheme proposals, we consulted with members of the public in December 2021 / January 2022. We asked for feedback via Commonplace and carried out a site walk. Feedback from this initial consultation will be used as a basis for our designs, which we will share later this year.

To see what feedback was given visit Atherton Active Travel Commonplace (external link).

King Street Improvement Scheme

We are proposing to carry out public realm improvement works along King Street in Wigan Town Centre, to create a public environment which will support the businesses of King Street by making the space safe and attractive.  We will be working with Historic England to deliver this scheme, and the work is being joint funded through the Mayors Challenge Fund (MCF) and Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) and will be delivered in phases. Proposals include:  

  • Efficiently calm and reduce vehicular traffic whilst maintaining the key route into the town
  • Carriage way realignment
  • Pedestrian pavement widening and repair
  • Raised tables outside feature buildings
  • Road surfacing to create a sense of place consistent with Millgate
  • Feature lighting and event lighting provision
  • Wayfinding signs, benches and bins
  • Amended access controls
  • Tree planting and landscaping.

Phase one of the works has already started on site and aims to be completed by 7th April 2022. You can view a plan of these works here:

Please note any road closures will be communicated in advance.

We are still working on proposals for phase two of the works and will consult with residents and businesses when these become available.

Do you have feedback?

Although we have secured funding for a number of schemes based on our initial plans, we are still only at the development stage and we are seeking feedback on our ideas to develop these into fully detailed schemes. Please contact Major Projects if you have any feedback.

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