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.

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.

Consultation

There was a four week consultation on the proposed changes which ran from Monday 22 February to Friday 19 March 2021.

Responses were collated and a 'You said, we will' document published. Your suggestions were incorporated into the scheme proposals where possible.

Standish Mineral Line extension

The project will extend the Standish Mineral Line to provide the missing connection to the work completed by Highways England at Junction 27 of the M6, and will include cycling and walking routes, and crossing point.

The scheme will provide additional and improved sections of on and off-road facilities, creating high quality multi-user routes (walking, cycling, equestrians and wheelchair) to extend the existing Standish Mineral Line. It will provide a safe route for journeys into the local shopping centre in Standish, as well as to schools, health services and leisure venues.

The improvements will resurface existing informal routes, public rights of way, and bridleways, providing new connections, crossing points and links to new housing developments.

Our aim is to commence works on site in late 2020 / early 2021.

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.

It is anticipated that work on site will commence in 2020 and be completed by March 2022.

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.

Worsley Mesnes Active Neighbourhood

Active Neighbourhoods are simply about creating safe, attractive space for people to spend time chatting or for children to play, typically using planters or bollards on some streets to stop through access. The changes also make it easier to get around on foot, by wheelchair, with a buggy and by bike. 

By purposefully removing ‘rat running’ through traffic on some routes in your local area, we can reduce any negative impact of this on the local neighbourhood and put residents back at the centre of their communities. 

All these things can have dramatic positive effects on air pollution, congestion, residents’ health and wellbeing, and safety on residential streets. 

We think Worsley Mesnes may be suffering from a lot of through traffic, people in cars ‘rat running’ through your estate and we believe a lot of residents do not have a car.  Your area could be the ideal place to benefit from some improvements to make movement around the area more pleasant, with the added benefit of reducing motorists using your estate unnecessarily.

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 21 June until Monday 19 July.

If you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions please contact the Major Projects team via email majorprojects@wigan.gov.uk or alternatively you can make comments online via our Commonplace site. (external link)

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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