pot holes

A £369,000 investment from government will give a further boost to tackle potholes in Wigan Borough. The money, announced yesterday by the Department for Transport, is in addition to the £500,000 pledged by the leader of the council, Lord Peter Smith, last month to carry out repairs to the borough’s roads after conditions have deteriorated after a cold winter.

The authority has revealed where the money allocated from the leader will be spent, with £350,000 allocated to roads and £150,000 allocated to footpaths. It has also published its indicative highways maintenance programme for 2018-2020 which includes all roads that will be resurfaced.

The teams tackling potholes across Wigan Borough have been doubled in the last few weeks in order to repair as many as possible. The council spends more than £1m maintaining 1,100km of roads and mends around 14,000 road defects, including potholes, a year.

Paul Barton, director for environment, said: “We are aware of the public concern around the number of potholes on our roads and are doing everything we can to tackle them. We welcome this extra boost of money and will now allocate it to the roads which need repairing as a priority.”

To view the council’s highway maintenance programme visit the roads section at www.wigan.gov.uk

List of roads to be repaired with £500,000:

Carriageway resurfacing works

A572 Chapel Street (Bangor Fold – Warrington Road) – Leigh South

A574 Warrington Road (Chapel Street – Butts Street) – Leigh South

A577 Manchester Road (Holden Road Roundabout – O/S No.116) – Leigh South

A577 Ormskirk Road (Smethurst Lane – Brindley Street) – Pemberton

A577 Orrell Road / Gathurst Road (Stag Pub Junction) – Orrell

B5206 Gathurst Lane (New Miles Lane Roundabout) – Shevington with Lower Ground

B5238 Wigan Road (Opp Hawkshaw Close – High Street) – Aspull, New Springs, Whelley

B5239 Bolton Road / Hall Lane (O/S 348 – O/S No.377 – Aspull, New Springs, Whelley

B5239 Haigh Road (Bend at Balcarres Pub)  – Aspull, New Springs, Whelley

B5239 Haigh Road (Church Street – Victoria Close) – One Lane  – Aspull, New Springs, Whelley

Car Bank Street (Gloucester Street – O/S No.27) – Atherton

Gloucester Street (Flapper Fold Lane – Milldale Close) – Atherton

Sandy Lane / Byrom Lane (On Bend) – Lowton East

Stour Road (Bodmin Road – Coombe Close) – Tyldesley

Winstanley Road (Park Road – Opp Swiftgate Farm) –

Orrell Foot way Resurfacing Works

Malvern Close (Full Length)  – Ashton

Dawson Street (Full Length) plus -Atherton

Sumner Street (Gloucester Street – Factory Street West) – Atherton

Skelton Street (Full Length) – Bryn

Mullberry Close (Full Length) – Douglas

Chapel Fields Lane (Outside Hindley All Saints School) – Hindley

Royal Drive (Full Length) – Leigh East

Greenford Close (Full Length) – Orrell