Saddle Gateway summit

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BUSINESS chiefs are invited to a summit spotlighting the benefits of a new congestion-busting Wigan route.

All roads will lead to Wigan Investment Centre on Wednesday, when the business community gathers to hear a progress report on the Saddle Gateway development.

The Gateway is Wigan Council’s plan to get Wigan moving by transforming and improving the one of the major transport routes into the Wigan Pier Quarter and the town centre, the Saddle Junction.

The road, due for completion next year, has already proved the catalyst for the expansion of a car showroom and intriguing plans from Today’s Community Church to create a new 1,000-seat concert hall which the public will be able to use.

It is hoped that the easing of traffic troubles and opening up of land will also help to breathe new life into the Pier complex as both a business and cultural venue.

It was recently announced that the Pottery Road bus lane will be scrapped in the process - a decision which divides opinion.

The breakfast event, which begins at 7.30am, will give businesses the chance to find out about what’s happening, view the plans and asks questions.

It will also allow people to hear about the potential economic development opportunities on the area.

Wigan Council’s Deputy Leader, Coun David Molyneux, said: “The Saddle Gateway Scheme aims to help attract more investment and regeneration opportunities to our borough by making it easier to get to and from Wigan Town Centre.

“The plans are progressing well and we want our local companies and investors to be on-board so they can get the maximum benefit from the opportunities this development will present.

“The business breakfast is a great way to find out more and it’s also an ideal opportunity to network with other companies.”

The breakfast takes place at the Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, at 7.30am for an 8am start. Interested parties can book a free place by e-mailing: Claire.walsh@wigan.gov.uk