Ongoing works to a 1km cycleway on Robin Park Road have now been completed, meaning that the borough’s aspiration for a Dutch-inspired cycle route is one step closer.
Wigan Council has been working closely with Transport for Greater Manchester on their ‘Cycle City’ programme, which is committed to making cycling and walking a more attractive option for residents and visitors.
The project has been funded by the Department for Transport and aligns with Transport for Greater Manchester’s 2040 Strategy, which highlights that almost a third of all journeys under 1km are made by car.
The now-completed cycle way and improved crossings will work hand in hand with the Saddle Junction and Wallgate works, which are currently in development, and will provide a high-quality, alternative route in and out of the town centre.
Leader of the council and portfolio holder for economy and regeneration at the council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “This two-phase scheme will have a range of benefits for the people of Wigan from easing congestion at one of the borough’s busiest junctions to improving health and air quality.
“Robin Park Road looks fantastic and it’s great that this aspect of the project is now complete as it brings us one step closer to our ambition of improving transport for commuters of all kind.
“Offering suitable cycle facilities and lanes will give people more confidence to get on their bikes and once Saddle Junction and Wallgate are complete, we expect to see even more people utilising the new routes.”
The Robin Park Road works started earlier this year and contractors J. Hopkins even donated money to Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles to go towards cycling equipment in support of the project.
Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner said: “Wigan Council has some really ambitious plans to create more places where people can get around without relying on cars.
“It’s about making better places to live and work by giving people a real choice about how they travel. In doing so, we will make the city region healthier and more prosperous.
“We’re very keen to see this model rolled out across the region.”
The Saddle Junction developments started at the beginning of July and the Wallgate works are due to commence on 30th July. Both are hoped to be complete by the end of the year.
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