Bid to ease traffic at junction

Coun Paul Tushingham proposals to ease traffic congestion at the junction of Bryn St at the top of Gerard St in Ashton
Coun Paul Tushingham proposals to ease traffic congestion at the junction of Bryn St at the top of Gerard St in Ashton
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A COUNCILLOR believes he has found the answer to Ashton’s traffic nightmares.

Coun Paul Tushingham is working with Wigan Council’s transport team to paint half a yellow box junction on the staggered crossroad in Bryn Street at the intersection of the A58 and A49.

He said the box will prevent drivers sneaking through the traffic lights as they turn red and getting stuck on the junction, meaning cars coming from the opposite direction can’t get through.

He said: “It is a busy road and the intersection at the junction of the A49 and A58 gets blocked.

“It has taken me 20 minutes to get from Ashton town hall to the traffic lights and it is only 10 car lengths.

“There are times when we need to encourage drivers’ observation of the road traffic system, as a few people come through on red and block the end of Bryn Street.

“As people are waiting to turn right there is a filter lane, but as you try to turn right nobody moves. It is a nightmare.

“The traffic backs on to Bryn Street and Wigan Road, so they can’t move and it backs onto Gerard Street.

“I have been speaking with people in Wigan Council’s highways department and I am hoping it will be reviewed in January.”

Mark Tilley, head of highways at Wigan Council, said: “We are aware of the issues in Ashton on the A49/A58 junction. It is been assessed as part of our strategic transport plans, which is specifically looking at how we improve the busiest roads in the borough. We have carried out extensive surveys and will be looking to make changes to the layout to reduce congestion.”