Plans to improve traffic capacity and provide new walking and cycling facilities at a major Wigan junction are due to begin next week. Following consultation with residents and businesses, the junction at Smithy Brook Road and Warrington Road will undergo 18 weeks of work to alleviate congestion, enable quicker travel and ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
The improvements will support the Greater Manchester Bee Network with the inclusion of toucan crossings and two-way segregated cycle lanes to provide safe routes for those travelling by bike.
Leader of Wigan Council David Molyneux said: “Once the M58 link road is complete, Smithy Brook Road will become a major intersection, so it’s important that we make changes to this area now so it is fit for purpose for future use.
Bethell Group PLC will deliver the works on behalf of the council and will start on site on 25 January for 18 weeks. Following initial preparations, it is expected that construction on the highway will begin week commencing 1 February.
Coun Molyneux added: “We appreciate that these works will pose some disruption initially, however, we have worked with Bethell Group to ensure some of the main highway changes are delivered during the lockdown period in line with current Covid-19 guidance to minimise the number of residents and road users affected.”
The improvement scheme is expected to cost in the region of £1.5m and is being funded by a combination of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund and Growth Deal Minor Works Funding. The ambitious plan to create cycling and walking routes across the city-region is fronted by Chris Boardman, the GM cycling and walking commissioner.
For more information on the project, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/majorprojects.