Standish Cycling

Standish Mineral Line - muddy footpath through the field

The existing Mineral Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Standish Mineral Line - footpath up a hill through the trees

The existing Mineral Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Standish Mineral Line - a waterlogged footpath through the fields

The existing Mineral Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

A muddy footpath - Standish Mineral Line

The existing Mineral Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

The Line - aerial overview highlighting the changes over Standish

Aerial overview of Standish highlighting The Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

The Line project map in Standish

Project map of The Line

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Cross-section diagram of multi-user route

Cross-section diagram of multi-user route

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Ryelands Park in Lancaster

Examples from Lancaster; Ryelands Park

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Morecambe Greenway in Lancaster

Examples from Lancaster; Lancaster-Morecambe Greenway

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Royal Albert Route in Lancaster

Examples from Lancaster; Royal Albert Route

Standish Cycleway Project: The Line

Wigan Council is upgrading 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 Line will be a 3 metre wide pedestrian and cycleway with lighting to be installed in phases along the route as connections become available through the new housing developments. The scheme will be paid for 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 will run from School Lane through to Brookfield Road for a more direct and safer off-road connection to Shevington Moor.

New connections will be created at Woodhurst Drive and Bradshaw Close.

Latest updates

Vegitation clearance

Some advance vegetation clearance work was completed in early March to avoid the bird nesting season and in preparation for the main works starting. Special care and consideration was given to the Site of Biological Importance (SBI) south of Rushwood Park, and works to this section were carried out under the supervision of the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU).

Following a competitive tender processes we have now selected a preferred contractor to undertake the works and we will be meeting with them over the coming weeks to prepare for the start of the works. We are currently aiming for a start date in May 2018 and the scheme is estimated to take approximately 14 weeks to complete.

Temporary diversion of the bridleway, on a phased basis, will be required to facilitate the works and to maintain the safety of the public. Advanced notice will be given with signed alternative routes provided.

Last updated on 13th April 2018.

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