Busway work postponed

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WIGAN Council has agreed to delay work for the guided busway until after this weekend’s Remembrance Day commemorations.

Contractors had been due to start work at Market Square in Tyldesley on Monday, but this has now been put back a week as more people than usual are expected to attend this year’s event marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Barriers which have been put up in Market Square were removed on Wednesday to create more space for those looking to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Wigan Council director of environment Terry Dunn said: “Market Square was always going to be accessible for the Remembrance Sunday service despite construction work taking place in part of the area for the bus priority project.

“The British Legion was satisfied with the arrangements. However, local councillors and residents have expressed concerns about capacity in the square as there is expected to be a large turnout at the service this year. Therefore, we have taken the decision to delay the works.

“The Remembrance Sunday service is an important event locally and we want everyone who wants to attend to be able to do so. Hopefully, these steps will reassure residents that the service will go ahead unaffected by construction work.”

Work in Tyldesley town centre will now begin on Monday November 10.

Residents will also get the chance to have their say on the controversial guided busway project at a public meeting, the venue for which has now been announced.

Representatives from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Wigan Council and contractors Balfour Beatty will join Leigh MP Andy Burnham to hear public opinion in the main hall at Fred Longworth High School, on Printshop Lane.

The venue has been chosen as it is fully accessible for the public and can seat up to 400 people. Residents can just turn up on the day with no need to pre-register.

The meeting is on Saturday November 8 from noon.