£1.5M Scheme To Make Wigan Junction Safer Begins This Month

Wigan Council has secured £1.5m from the Mayor’s Challenge Fund to make changes to the Victoria Street and Warrington Road junction near the Saddle Junction, to make it safer for all road users.

Bethell Group PLC, the contractor delivering the scheme, will start on site on 14 June for approximately 22 weeks.

Once complete, the improvements will contribute to the Bee Network – the Greater Manchester ambition to create the largest walking and cycling network in the country.

Planned changes include:

  • New pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities
  • Remove the merging of traffic so Victoria St and Warrington Rd have their own signal stages
  • Change the layout to two lanes on Warrington Road at the junction with Victoria Street
  • Extend cycle routes from Saddle Junction through to Alexandra Park
  • Install double yellow lines on Warrington Road between Mere Street and Woodyates Street

Councillor David Molyneux, leader of Wigan Council said: “We are pleased that following the easing of restrictions and the limitations experienced as a result of the pandemic, we’re now in a position to see long-awaited changes at this junction come to fruition.

“I’m confident that these improvements will not only make the area safer for those choosing to walk or cycle, but also for motorists using the road.”

Coun Molyneux, who is also responsible for the economy and regeneration portfolio added: “The improvements are designed to work hand-in-hand with the facilities at Saddle Junction and Robin Park Road, which have proven really popular with almost 90,000 cyclists and more than 205,000 pedestrians using the new facilities since March 2020.”

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