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.
Works started on site on 20th February 2021 and work packages will be implemented on a phased sequence.
Indicative timescales are provided below:
- Poolstock / Morton Avenue (Complete)
- Whole route signs, lines and 20mph (Complete)
- Poolstock Lane / Snowdon Avenue (Complete)
- Poolstock / Pool Street (Complete)
- Poolstock Lane / A49 Link Road interface (Complete)
- Whole route treatment - landscaping, traffic signal timing changes, buildouts (May to July 2022).
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.
Work has started on site to create an Active Neighbourhood in Worsley Mesnes.
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.
The works 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.
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.
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 are now being constructed and you can view 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).