Congestion busting road plan

Sovereign Road, Wigan, which is to be opened up to allow traffic from Warrington Road to turn left onto Darlington Street, instead of having to queue at the traffic lights at the Lidl supermarket
Sovereign Road, Wigan, which is to be opened up to allow traffic from Warrington Road to turn left onto Darlington Street, instead of having to queue at the traffic lights at the Lidl supermarket
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DRIVERS along one of Wigan’s busiest commuter routes are to benefit from a new congestion busting scheme.

New plans will see a complete change to the road layout at Warrington Road, and Sovereign Road in the town centre will be opened up as a cut thought to reduce delays and create a better flow of traffic.

During rush hours commuters travelling from Lower Ince along Warrington Road are regularly faced with huge queues, but the new scheme intends to change this for good.

Council engineers will open Sovereign Road, opposite the Lidl supermarket on Darlington Street, to allow traffic coming into town to bypass the busy crossroads at a new priority give-way junction.

This would also make the existing crossroads more efficient for all other traffic.

Mark Tilley, head of highways, said: “The existing junction is working well above capacity, as I am sure many drivers will know too well.

“The council has listened to local concerns here, we have support from local ward members and we want to deliver an effective solution.

“We have the funds and the opportunity now to address this and make a real difference for all road users in the area.”

As part of safety considerations new dropped kerbs and tactile paving for disabled access will be installed at the junction and side roads.

New trees will be planted around the junction and the Pepper Mill car park will be upgraded.

Construction is likely to start in March and last for six to eight weeks.

In recent times the council has taken a head on approach to tackling widespread congestion across the borough, including improvements to the Saddle Junction as well as a smaller scheme to improve traffic flow around Scot Lane in Wigan, which was also announced this week.