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.

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.

Leigh Active Neighbourhood

Would you like to see improvements in your area, with the aim of creating a safe and attractive place to walk, wheel, cycle and socialise?

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, wheel 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.

Some of the streets in this area, close to the schools, see a lot of additional traffic which brings more pollution, noise, and road safety risks to people’s doorsteps.

42.6% of private households within Leigh do not have access to a car, and people of all ages in the local community would like to walk, wheel, or cycle more but feel it is too unsafe to do so.

Wigan Council are proposing to trial elements of an Active Neighbourhood to try and reduce motor vehicle traffic on the streets where you live.

What has happened so far?

  • A public consultation was carried out in 2021 and 143 residents responded saying you wanted to see less traffic, slow down traffic and more crossings
  • Workshops and events have taken place with the emergency services, schools, and community organisations to understand the local issues. These findings helped identify and plan improvements for the area
  • Launched a School Streets trial in May 2022 on Windermere Road to test a couple of timed closures outside the primary schools.

The School Street has helped create a safe space directly outside the two schools on Windermere Road, for a short period every day. But it hasn’t resolved issues with inconsiderate parking or driving, and it has created longer diversions for residents.

What is an Active Neighbourhood?

An Active Neighbourhood is a scheme where through-traffic is reduced by closing the road at certain points.

These closures are called ‘modal filters’ and are often created using planters or bollards.

Residents, emergency services, waste collection and deliveries will still have access to homes and businesses.

Find out more information on Active Neighbourhoods (external link).

Trial Scheme Proposals

As a next step, the proposal is to trial extending the road closures to help create a safer environment for children accessing Leigh Central, Sacred Heart and Leigh St Mary’s Primary Schools on foot, scooter or by cycle.

Over a 6-month period the effects will be monitored to ensure the changes help both local residents and families using the schools to get around safely.

The filters will be attractive and will incorporate plants and greenery. The space created by the filters could incorporate more greenery, seating, and potentially street art. Let us know what you would like to see in these areas.

Windermere Road

Three modal filters will be introduced on Windermere Road:

  • Grasmere Street junction – Allow through-traffic to travel west only along Windermere Road
  • Glebe Street junction – Prevent through-traffic from entering Windermere Road
  • Gordon Street junction – Allow through-traffic to travel east only along Windermere Road.

Walmesley Road

Modal filters will be introduced on Walmesley Road to prevent through-traffic directly outside of Leigh St Mary’s Primary School.

Boughey Street

A modal filter will be introduced on Boughey Street at the junction of Organ Street. There have been a number of serious accidents due to motorists failing to stop at this junction, so the filter will help to prevent motorists from speeding across the junction and create safer roads.

View the proposed closures on the consultation plans here:

Wider Pedestrian Improvements and Crossings

Other proposals for the area include crossings on the busier outer roads of Kirkhall Lane and Twist Lane, two-way cycling on one-way roads, pavement improvements and crossings at side-roads, more plants and greenery, and enhanced public realm.

What are the next steps?

  • 6th March – 24th March 2023: Consultation on the trial filters - We would like your feedback on the current timed filters outside the schools; do you agree with the suggested modal filter locations (shown on the plan)? What would you like to see?
  • May 2023: Further Consultation on the Wider Scheme - Consultation will take place on the wider scheme proposals, including the new crossing locations. We will also provide further details of the trial scheme based on your feedback.
  • May/June 2023: Trial scheme - Modal filters installed on a 6-month temporary basis. We will consult on these trials at regular intervals to help smooth out any issues and understand if they work.

Have your say

Your feedback will help us develop the best proposals for your local area and we will continue to work with you and listen carefully to what you think.

You can provide feedback by the following channels:

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).

St Helens Road, Leigh Walking and Cycling Scheme

Wigan Council are working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to develop and deliver schemes which will be part of the wider Bee Network. These walking and cycling schemes will make it easier for people to walk, wheel, and cycle for everyday short journeys.

St Helens Road in Leigh is a very busy A-road carrying a lot of traffic into and out of Leigh town centre. At peak times over 1,000 cars per hour have been recorded using this route.

There are very few pedestrian and cycle crossing points on this road and the existing cycling facilities are poor.

On busy roads, which are usually the most direct routes between places, it is necessary to provide dedicated space for cycling and the facilities should provide physical protection rather than the current advisory painted cycle lanes.

The proposed scheme includes:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track on the west side of St Helens Road in Leigh.
  • It will run from Bonnywell Road northwards to the canal.
  • The cycle track will be protected from motor traffic using raised kerbs.
  • The cycle track will sit between the highway and the footway.

Improving walking infrastructure is also key to ensuring people feel safe and comfortable walking in the local area. It also encourages more people to walk short distances when they might normally use their car. Creating space, reducing street clutter, and having even surfaces will benefit everyone but especially those with reduced mobility or people pushing buggies.

The proposed scheme includes:

  • A new toucan crossing close to Bonnywell Road.
  • Upgrading the existing crossing close to West Bridgewater Street to a toucan crossing.

Crossing points at side roads will also be improved. Kerbs will be dropped at both sides of the road with tactile paving where the pavement slopes towards the road.

The bus stop on the west side of St Helens Road will stay in its current location and separation from the highway for cyclists is achieved through the provision of a bus stop bypass.

  • The cycle track will run behind the bus stop.
  • There will be space to wait for/get off a bus in between the stop and cycle track.
  • Zebra crossings and tactile paving will allow pedestrians to cross the cycle track at either end of the bus stop.

This scheme will connect St Helens Road to the completed walking and cycling route to improve the off-road paths around Leigh Sports Village and The Flash.

 

The future ambition is to continue the route over the canal bridge through to Leigh town centre. These schemes are dependent on future funding opportunities.

Detailed plans for the scheme

Travelling south from Bonnywell Road, north to the Leeds & Liverpool canal:

Have your say

In order to develop scheme proposals we will be carrying out a public consultation from Monday 13th February to Sunday 12th March 2023. A leaflet has been sent to residents and businesses within the area and you can view a copy here:

If you have any comments on the plans you can share your views by contacting Major Projects.

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