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.

Latest updates

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.

Work has started on The Line with vegetation clearance having been completed in early March 2016. The planning application (A/16/82506) for the surfacing work and lighting was approved 19 August 2016.

The main surfacing work was originally due to begin in July 2017 and to be completed by the end of October 2017, however these timescales were delayed due to an objection received from a landowner. This objection has now been withdrawn, meaning that the scheme can now progress.

We are therefore currently finalising details of the scheme ready for tender, and we are hopeful that a contractor can be appointed to begin work in Spring 2018.

We will keep this page updated regularly as the project progresses and key milestones met (last update January 2018).

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