All change at traffic jam black-spot

Councillors Lynne Holland and Clive Morgan pictured at the roundabout looking at design plans for the traffic hotspot
Councillors Lynne Holland and Clive Morgan pictured at the roundabout looking at design plans for the traffic hotspot
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A MILLION pound road scheme will end finally end one of the borough’s biggest congestion black spots.

Marus Bridge roundabout – which habitually restricts traffic flows into and out of the borough via the M6 Junction 25 – is to be replaced with a four way traffic light controlled junction.

The ambitious scheme, exclusively revealed by the Evening Post early this year, has been strongly welcomed by councillors for relieving congestion and aid traffic flows on one of the busiest road corridors in the borough.

Under the project, which will start next summer, Marus Bridge Roundabout will be removed and a traffic light management system put in its place with dedicated lanes to assist traffic flows. Work is scheduled to commence in the summer of next year to allow for scheme design and consultation.

Both Poolstock Lane and Highfield Grange Avenue suffer from congestion at peak periods with tailbacks often stretching for hundreds of metres and along the A49 with cars and lorries backed up to the M6 junction.

Winstanley’s Coun Clive Morgan said: “We have seen a number of new houses built in Winstanley in recent years and this has brought more cars onto the local road network creating tailbacks along Highfield Grange Avenue and rat runs through the local estate. The current roundabout restricts traffic flow and is no longer fit for purpose.”

Worsley Mesnes Coun Lynne Holland insisted that Poolstock Lane was at “breaking point.”

Current public artwork will be retained.