Delay for link road talks

Wigan Town Hall where the plans are discussed
Wigan Town Hall where the plans are discussed

A PUBLIC consultation for a controversial link road to the motorway in Wigan has been hit with yet another delay.

Wigan Council was to organise an event for residents to speak about the M58 link road this month, but once again, this has been stalled.

An original date had been set for spring, but due to complexities, the authority’s officers put it back until September.

The council has proposed to create an M58 Link Road, connecting the eastern roundabout of Junction 26 of the M6 and the A571 Billinge Road/Foundry Lane junction.

Under plans, the single carriageway will connect Smithy Brook Road with a new road across the former Pemberton Colliery site to Billinge Road, then across the railway to a widened Leopold Street. The road will then cross Brook Lane and join the M58/M6 roundabout.

The aim is to provide an alternative link into west Wigan and the town centre from the M58. It will also play a significant role in reducing congestion along parallel routes, in particular the A577 Orrell/Ormskirk Road.

The notion has sparked anger amongst residents who believe Wainhomes knew about the road plan at the time of selling the homes - something which the housing firm denies.

They also argue the council had plans to create the link road as early as 2008 under its Strategic Masterplan which should have shown up on searches when buying the house. But a council spokesman said that only when opportunity for funding became certain it was included within the Local Authority searches.

Mike Worden, Wigan Council’s assistant director for planning and transport, said: “A public consultation drop-in meeting on the M58 link road planned for later this month has been postponed.

“There is still some work to be done on finalising, for consultation, the design of the junction of the new link road with Billinge Road. The session will now take place on Tuesday November 3 from 1pm to 7pm at Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club, in White Street, Pemberton.”