Wigan Council has upgraded the old mineral line in Standish, known locally as ‘The Line’, from a muddy track to a hard-wearing, multi-user route. With a history of coal transportation, The Line is a heritage point for Standish and a key access route into Standish centre for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The 3 metre wide, illuminated, bridleway path has been funded by contributions from the new housing developments in Standish.
The upgrade to ‘The Line’ seeks to reduce the number of car journeys and the impact that they have on Standish, especially as more houses are built alongside the route. It will also support people in leading healthier lives by providing a safe active travel option, encouraging people to walk, cycle or ride into Standish centre.
This will also reduce the level of noise and pollution through a reduction in cars on the road and will save people money by spending less on fuel and car parking.
The new surfaced and lit route runs from School Lane through to Brookfield Road for a more direct and safer off-road connection to Shevington Moor.
New connections have been created at Woodhurst Drive and Bradshaw Close, along with improvements to the car park and pathways surrounding the pond at Brookfield Road.
The Mineral Line upgrade is substantially complete with all construction work now finalised. Traffic management and diversion routes have been removed and the Mineral Line is fully open for use.
Residents are encouraged to use the recently upgraded Standish Mineral Line by taking part in a letter hunt, arranging the letters observed to create a word and submit a selfie via @WiganCouncil on Twitter.
Inappropriate use of Motorbikes – We have proactively discouraged the use of motor vehicles via the installation of “Prohibition of Unauthorised Vehicle” signs installed on lighting columns at all access points. The Police are aware of residents' concerns and have powers to undertake enforcement action.
Other Planned Works
- Landscaping – to include wild flower and grass seeding of the top soil boards adjacent to the path.
- Bins – we are proposing to install a series of litter bins and trial cycle bins. The cycle bins are angled at 45 degrees to allow cyclists (and horse riders) the ability to deposit litter when riding past. The concept was developed in Copenhagen and these bins will be the first in Greater Manchester and possibly the UK.
- Dog Foul Campaign – we have teamed up with “Keep Britain Tidy” and “Dogs Trust” to embark on their “Walk this Way” campaign. “Walk This Way” aims to see dog owners take responsibility by picking up after their dogs and reducing the amount of dog foul being left in public spaces. The Mineral Line will be signed as a dog friendly route, directing dog owners to the nearest bin.
- Fencing – in response to concerns raised about the appearance and safety of the existing fence that runs alongside the alleyway at School Lane, we are engaging with the four local schools with a view to installing new boards that are decorated with children’s artwork of the Mineral Line depicting its former heritage and its new status / use.