Provisions in Place to Support Safety of Cyclists and Walkers Amid Covid-19 Measures

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New proposals to support walkers and cyclists to safely adhere to social distancing measures in Wigan Borough have been approved.
 
In response to public feedback asking for the borough’s highways to be adapted, the leader of Wigan Council has approved new measures so pedestrians and cyclists can move safely and freely.
 
They are:
 
• Temporarily extend the pedestrian zone times in Wigan and Leigh town centres from 10:30am to 4pm to 9am to 5pm to help walking and cycling movements
 
• Introducing 20mph speed limits on some Wigan town centre roads including Standishgate, Market Street, Millgate, Crompton Street and Mesnes Street. Permanent signage will be in place. It is hoped that this particular measure will become permanent following a six month trial period.
 
• Extending the operating times of the bus lane on Leigh Road from peak hour to 24/7.

The new measures come as the Mayor of Greater Manchester launches the regional #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign, which places priority on pop-up infrastructure and temporary measures to enable safe essential travel and exercise for Greater Manchester residents.

As the changes in Wigan Borough are experimental, they will implemented over the coming days. Residents with comments or objections should contact the council’s legal team for the council to consider