Council acts on safety concerns

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image of a red barrier used for road works

The council says it is listening to safety concerns from residents by opening up a road in Kitt Green.

On Friday (13th July) the council’s regulation committee approved the plans to remove a barrier on Walthew House Lane, opening up a new link between there and Spring Road.

The route is popular with HGV traffic and there have been a number of complaints from residents about the large vehicles using residential roads to try and access Martland Mill Business Park.

In the last five years there have been 26 injury accidents on the Kitt Green residential estate and opening up this link is hoped to improve highway safety.

This type of initiative has been recommended in a Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership Scheme.

Residents and businesses were asked for their views on the proposal in 2016.

Mark Tilley, assistant director for infrastructure and regulatory services at Wigan Council, said: “We are responding to concerns from residents and the high number of HGVs which are driven through the area and currently reverse down residential streets.

“This reserving manoeuvre is a safety concern for us.

“We have done detailed analysis into the current traffic flow and looked at the impact this will have on the area and strongly believe it is the safest and best option.

“Like all new traffic schemes we will closely monitor the impact on the roads and work with Transport for Greater Manchester to mitigate this.

“The safety of our residents is our number one priority and we must do what we can to improve safety.

“We are not proposing to open the road as an alternative route into the business park. The signed HGV route into Martland Mill Business Park will still be via Robin Park Road and Scott Lane.”

The highway will be improved before the barrier is removed in late 2018.

The council is also considering a cycle lane on Walthew House Lane, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and to reduce air pollution, and will look at putting a special type of tarmac on the road to reduce the noise of any HGVs.