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.

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.

Ashton Active Travel Links

The scheme focuses on two areas close the town centre providing improved routes and crossings to begin building a walking and cycling network.

The scheme to the south includes the installation of new crossing facilities on Liverpool Road, close to the junction with St Oswalds Road and improvements to the on-road and off-road paths linking the 3 local schools close to Liverpool Road. The scheme will make it easier and safer for school children and residents to walk, wheel and cycle.

The scheme to the north will also focus on developing improved cycling and walking links; between Wigan Road/Cansfield Grove, southeast towards St Thomas’ CE Primary School and onto community leisure facitlities such as Ashton FC. The scheme will include new crossings, on and off-road improvements and traffic calming.

Ashton Active Travel Links aims to:

  • Reduce severance on some of the busy roads
  • Improve existing and providing new off-road routes
  • Upgrading the quality and status of footpaths to provide use for all
  • Create a safer and more attractive environment for walking by providing new crossing points
  • Designating new quiet streets
  • Increase the opportunity for local sustainable travel
  • Improve access to local trip attractors.

This scheme will also complement wider improvement works being caried out in Ashton Town Centre. The #Our Future Ashton project includes improvements to public realm, a refresh for the town’s Market Square, improved pedestrian routes, shop front regeneration and public art work.

Leigh Traffic Reduction Scheme

The Leigh scheme aims to improve road safety by providing more crossings and junction improvements and create safer, more welcoming spaces outside the schools at peak times.

As well as improving road safety, the aim is also to improve air quality in this area by making it easier for people to walk more for shorter journeys and create more public realm space where people can enjoy spending time outdoors safely.

The scheme proposals include:

  • New crossings on Twist Lane and Kirkhall Lane
  • Traffic calming on Walmesley and Windermere Road, and Boughey Street
  • Area-wide enhancement such as dropped kerbs, pavement improvements and greening.

To see further information including scheme proposals and latest updates including consultation about the Traffic Reduction Scheme, please see below:

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 and Tyldesley Links North

This scheme will provide improved links between Atherton Train Station, Shakerley, Tyldesley town centre and the guided busway.

Our proposals will include local accessibility measures which will make the rail station easier to access on foot and by bike from the neighbouring residential areas of Shakerley and Tyldesley. The scheme will also increase the opportunity for local sustainable travel to wider destinations, with rail connections to larger towns and cities including Manchester, Leeds, and Wigan.

Key features and elements of the proposed scheme include:

  • New and improved crossings on Bolton Road and Lancaster Avenue
  • Improved off-road facilities on Shakerley Lane, included widening the path, resurfacing, and lighting
  • Quiet Streets route along Lancaster Avenue – with traffic calming features, lining and signage
  • Improved off-road facilities across ‘The Common’ from York Avenue to Poplar Street, included widening the path, resurfacing, and lighting
  • New and improved crossings on Shuttle Street and Manchester Road.

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.

Wigan to Standish Cycling and Walking Network, Phase 2

This scheme will provide improved cycling and walking facilities in the Standish area to encourage more Active Travel. The works will link into the already popular Standish Mineral Line upgrade.

The scheme will provide enhanced elements in the area and offer more accessible facilities and more route choice to encourage walking, cycling and wheeling activity for all.

The route will start from School Lane in Standish to Gidlow Lane and will comprise a mix of on- and off-road works, to deliver an improved route from the south of Standish towards Wigan, and improved connections to the existing Standish Mineral Line route to the north.

In order to develop the scheme proposals further we carried out a public consultation from Monday 10th July to 21st August 2023. The below consultation leaflet and plan has been sent to residents and businesses within the area in which we welcomed views and feedback on the proposals. You can view a copy of of the consultation leaflet and plans here:

You said, We listened

Following consultation, we have answered your questions and queries. You can view a copy of answers to these in our Consultation Questions and Queries here:

Whelley Loop Line

The Whelley Loop Line scheme aims to replicate and build on the success of the completed section of the existing Whelley Loop Line.

The scheme will provide a series of local access and connection improvements, upgrading the existing muddy surfacing and drainage, between the existing Whelley Loop Line near Plantation Gates, Whelley to Hall Lane bridge in Haigh Country Park grounds. Once completed it will provide a multi user route with improved off road access.

Have your say

In order to develop scheme proposals we have carried out a public consultation from Monday 10th July to 21st August 2023. A leaflet has been sent to residents and businesses within the area and you can view a copy here:

You said, We listened

Following consultation, we have answered your questions and queries. You can view a copy of answers to these in our Consultation Questions and Queries here:

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