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.

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.

The scheme will include:

  • Re-surfaced and illuminated off-road path connecting Almond Brook Road (Cat’ith Window) to Robin Hill Lane
  • Improvements to the existing footpath connecting Robin Hill Lane to Ludlow Street (section to be resurfaced and illuminated)
  • A parallel zebra crossing on A49 Preston Road, close to Ludlow Street, facilitating the movements of pedestrians and cyclists across the main road
  • Segregated and share-use cycle facilities on A49 Preston Road, connecting Ludlow Street to Langtree Lane
  • A new zebra crossing on Old Pepper Lane, at its junction with Brookfield Road
  • A “quiet street” cycle and walking connecting Old Pepper Lane to Shevington Moor and Crow Orchard Road (signs and road markings).

Our aim is to commence works on site in early 2022.

Consultation

There was a consultation on the proposed changes which ran from Monday 27 September to Monday 11 October 2021. Thank you to those who took the time to share their views and offer comments on the proposed scheme.

Responses have been reviewed and your suggestions have been incorporated into the scheme proposals where possible. We’ve collated all your questions and comments and provided a response.

If you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions please contact the Major Projects team via email majorprojects@wigan.gov.uk

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 consulted with the public in June / July 2021 to gather ideas on what you would like to see happen in Worsley Mesnes. These comments were then collated and used to develop a series of packages which we consulted on in October / November 2021.

Following consultation and engagement, plans are now being finalised for the area and will include:

  • 2 temporary point closures / modal filters
  • 3 new zebra crossings
  • 3 new traffic calming chicane build-outs, with enhanced crossing facilities
  • Off-road path widening and additional lighting
  • Tree planting
  • Improved signing and lining.

In addition to this, work within the community will take place to help improve dog fouling, lighting, and anti-social behaviour. Our activation team will engage with the schools and residents to encourage more cycling and walking.

We will update the webpage when the designs are finalised.

We have decided to deliver the scheme in a phased approach. This will allow us to deliver the works in sections over a longer period of time to minimise disruption to residents. It also gives us the opportunity to trial some of the proposed works to see if they work well for the community.

Phase one of the works will commence on site in April and you can view the plans here:

Below you can view the plans for Phase two of the works, which are subject to us securing additional funding:

Further regeneration works are planned for Worsley Mesnes by developers Keepmoat. To view their plans for the area and read more about this you, visit Our Worsley Mesnes, Keepmoat Homes Projects (external link).

Leeds and Liverpool Canal Towpath and Links

As part of our Standish / Wigan / Ashton Bee Network, we have the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Towpath and Links scheme. This scheme is about making our routes work for everyone and our borough a better place to live, work and visit. By creating routes that better connect our town centres and improving public space, we can help families and communities get about safely, cut down unnecessary car journeys and attract more visitors to our borough. The canal provides an opportunity for a safe and attractive commuter route to major employment areas, including Martland Park where Heinz and other businesses are located. It also runs alongside Robin Retail Park, which currently generates a lot of car journeys as a result of the shops, leisure hub and DW stadium.

Work to this section of canal and surrounding pathways will improve links from residential areas to employment and leisure zones. The scheme is also proposed to link with the existing Robin Park Road and Saddle junction cycling and walking facilities. The scheme will comprise of the following:

  • Upgrade to the towpath along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Wigan town centre to the border with West Lancashire district, including an upgraded surface.
  • Improve links to and from the canal around Martland Park and Marsh Green, with links to Robin Park and Frog Lane. The links;
    • Appley Bridge to Martland Park
    • Crooke Village to Canberra Road
    • Canberra Road to Scot Lane
    • Robin Park Road to Gidlow Lane
    • Robin Park Road to Laithwaite Park.

Work on site will be broken down into phases, with the first phase planned to be constructed this year.  

Phase 1

  • Introduction of a new Toucan crossing on Loire Drive (adjacent to the DW stadium)
  • Introduction of new Toucan crossing on Scot Lane
  • Towpath upgrade along the canal from Wigan to its border with Apply Bridge.

Residents who will be directly affected by these works have been written to. Copies of the letters, and plans of the work can be found here:

Have your say!

In order to develop the scheme proposals, we consulted with the public in summer 2021.

Although the consultation has now closed, you can still view plans and the comments people made on our Commonplace site (external link). Residents and businesses will be given details of the plans with an opportunity to comments and all plans will be uploaded here when finalised.

If you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions please contact the Major Projects team via email majorprojects@wigan.gov.uk 

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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