Schemes currently at Construction

Poolstock

Currently Poolstock and Poolstock Lane is used as a commuter and through route to access Wigan Town Centre and the M6 motorway and as a result is one of Wigan’s most congested corridors. This creates environmental problems on a road fronted by residential properties.

Following the completion of the A49 Link Road scheme, there is now a real opportunity to re-address the balance of traffic using this route and to make Poolstock and Poolstock Lane a more residential focused area.

The scheme aims to transform the environment for residents, pedestrians, and cyclists, by removing heavy traffic flow and assisting the movements of pedestrians and cyclists. Amendments to junctions, road marking removal, 20mph speed limit, traffic calming features, crossing points and landscaping will be used to change the characteristics of the area to provide a more residential feel.

Controlled crossing facilities at the A49 Link Road intersection and cycle/walking links to the canal at Pool Street, aim to enhance walking and cycle links providing easier access to Wigan town centre, local retail and businesses.

After seeking views of residents and businesses along Poolstock and Poolstock Lane in March and December 2019, we have now finalised the plans for the scheme. The scheme has been split into five work packages and scheme plans can be seen below:

  • Poolstock Lane / Snowdon Avenue - Proposed raised junction and removal of guard railings
  • A49 Link Road / Poolstock Lane interface - Proposed parallel zebra crossing and narrowing of the Worsley Mesnes junction
  • Poolstock / Morton Avenue / Helmsman Way - Proposed raised junction and decluttering
  • Poolstock / Pool Street - Removal of the existing mini roundabout, to be replaced with a priority junction, along with an enhanced cycling and walking link to the canal
  • Whole route treatment to include:
    • Traffic signal timing changes at A49 Warrington Road and Poolstock Lane junction
    • Traffic signal timing changes at Chapel Lane / Poolstock junction
    • Removal of road markings / centre line
    • Protected parking bays
    • 20mph speed limit
    • Decluttering and landscaping.

Scheme plans

Delivery

Works started on site on 20th February 2021 and work packages will be implemented on a phased sequence.

Indicative timescales are provided below:

  1. Poolstock / Morton Avenue (Complete)
  2. Whole route signs, lines and 20mph (Complete)
  3. Poolstock Lane / Snowdon Avenue (Carriageway works to follow)
  4. Poolstock / Pool Street (4 October to 8 December, carriageway works to follow)
  5. Poolstock Lane / A49 Link Road interface (Week commencing 6 December)
  6. Whole route treatment - landscaping, traffic signal timing changes, buildouts (Ongoing February to December).

Please note the above timescales and sequencing is subject to confirmation following contractor availability, COVID-19 restrictions and weather. The construction phasing will be continually reviewed throughout and may be subject to change. This page will be regularly updated to reflect any changes.

Resident and businesses directly affected by the construction works will be contacted direct prior to construction works commencing.

The Road to Wigan Pier (Wallgate to Wigan Pier)

To better connect the town centre with the Wigan Pier Quarter and Robin Park area, we plan to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists along Wallgate.

We propose to upgrade the current shared footway into a segregated facility, so pedestrians and cyclists have their own dedicated space. This would be from the junction of Wallgate with Great George Street all the way to Haig Street.

New pedestrian and cycle crossings are proposed at the following locations:

  • Across Wallgate, near Haig Street, at the main entrance to the Wigan Pier Development
  • Across the in and outbound carriageways of Wallgate at the junction with Miry Lane.

The crossings proposed above will replace some of the existing crossings, which will be removed from:

  • The in and outbound carriageway of Wallgate, near Bridgewater Street
  • Southgate, near Swan Meadow Road
  • Wallgate, near Haig Street.

Other proposals include:

  • Improvements to the junction of Wallgate with Caroline Street to include cycle facilities. A traffic lane will be removed between Queen Street and Caroline Street for vehicles travelling away from the town centre to provide space for the cycling facility. Traffic modelling shows this will not have a significant impact on traffic flows.
  • Improved street lighting and new tree lights to enhance the environment
  • More benches along Wallgate to provide resting points
  • More trees and planting to improve the environment
  • Pedestrian and cycle priority across Clayton Street at the junction with Wallgate.

Consultation

There was a four week consultation on the proposed changes which ran from 7 December 2020 to 8 January 2021.

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

Victoria Street / Warrington Road junction improvements

The proposed Victoria Street/Warrington Road junction improvement scheme includes changing the junction to remove the traffic merge so that Victoria Street and Warrington Road have their own signal stages, i.e. when traffic on Warrington Road is moving through the junction, traffic on Victoria Street is stopped and vice versa.

There will also be a new crossing to help pedestrians safely cross this busy junction. This will mean better flow of traffic with less queuing as well as safer movement of vehicles, making it safer for pedestrians too. The scheme also incorporates segregated pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities, providing a continuous route from Alexandra Park along Warrington Road and connecting with the recently-completed facilities at Saddle Junction cycle scheme and Robin Park Road.

Proposals include a new toucan crossing near Alexandra Park and installing double lines between Woodyates Street and Mere Street.

When completed, the scheme should provide a much more coherent, direct and safe cycling and pedestrian route, giving people a better experience when negotiating this busy junction.

Consultation on Victoria Street / Warrington Road junction

In order to develop the scheme proposals, we consulted with residents between 12th August and 8th September 2019.

We have now received your comments and feedback and thank you for taking the time to contact us. We have updated the plan and the 'You said, we will' document following feedback from the consultation.

Some advance works to prepare the site for construction have now been completed. The works included excavation in the grass verges around the junction of Warrington Road with Atherton Street to enable utilities diversions.

Temporary Road Closures

As part of the improvement works to the junction of Victoria Street / Warrington Road there will be some overnight road closures to complete the carriageway surfacing works.

These will take place from 8pm until 6am from Monday 3rd December until Friday 10th December.

Further information has been sent to local residents and businesses.

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.

Temporary Road Closures

As part of the improvement works to introduce full pedestrian facilities at the junction of Riverway / King Street / Darlington Street there will be some overnight road closures to complete the carriageway surfacing works.

These will take place from 8pm until 6am from Monday 29th November until Friday 3rd December.

Further information has been sent to local residents and businesses.

Leigh to Pennington

As part of our aim to create a cycling and walking network throughout Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley, the first phase of these works has started on site, known as the Leigh to Pennington Scheme.

The overall scheme will create a cycling and walking link between Leigh Town Centre, Leigh Sports Village (LSV) and Pennington Flash. 

Phase 1 of the works commenced on site on the 28th September to construct an off-road cycle and walking path from St Helens Road to Leigh Sports Village. These works will be completed by the end of March 2022.

Cox has been appointed as the contractor to carry out the works on behalf of the Council, and we will work with them to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. See below the construction phasing plan and temporary closures of the existing bridleway which is being put in place to ensure site safety.

Phase 2 of the works will provide crossing points on St Helens Road, and connections directly into Leigh Town Centre. Further updates will be provided as design development continues.

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