First charging points set for dealership

A WIGAN car dealership is to become the first in the borough with charging points for electric cars.

Bright sparks at Chorley Nissan in Pottery Road recently decided to branch out into this eco-friendly corner of the motor market with the Nissan Leaf.

Points where you can plug in your car to re-charge are now on order.

Sales director Pauline Turner said: “We are installing free-of-charge charging points for the general public to use, not only at Wigan but across our other four sites, and customers will receive a free British Gas home charging unit with every purchase.

“With no road tax, no congestion charges and, of course, no fuel costs, there are significant savings to be made.

“We are also doing our bit for the environment – using one Leaf as a courtesy car and another as a pool vehicle – thereby reducing costs and carbon emissions.”

Meanwhile plans for the proposed Chorley Group Used Car Centre – a key part of the ambitious Saddle Bridge Relief Road development project – are moving apace, even though the nearby major road construction work is causing some disruption to business.

Temporary access points have been created, but bosses have declared it’s “business as usual” as the congrestion-relieving works go full steam ahead.

Managing director Andrew Turner said: “Although the local authority has blocked off our main entrance on Pottery Road, we have created two new access points.

“It is fair to say that we are having to be very flexible during this key stage.

“Due to the road disruption we have actually had calls asking is we are closing down. Quite the contrary: we are open seven days a weeks as per usual as we plough forward with this major development.

“Our Used Car Centre will incorporate hundreds of vehicles across all makes and models.

“We will be looking for new staff across all segments of the operation from sales to service, parts to administration, drivers to valeters.

“Wigan is a progressive town, we are a progressive company and we recognise the potential that exists here,”

Work on the Saddle relief road, which runs from the Pier though to the Adam viaduct close to Gower Street is scheduled to be completed by the turn of the year.

Council chiefs hope it will ease traffic problems on that side of the town centre.