Drivers face road chaos

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THERE are weeks of commuter chaos ahead as temporary traffic lights are put on some of Wigan’s main arterial routes.

At least three of the borough’s main roads will be the site of major roadwork schemes in coming weeks, which will cause huge delays for drivers.

And road users are already feeling the strain as a result of work on Atherton Road, Hindley Green, which got under way last month.

The road is already notorious for its congestion as it carries a huge amount of traffic along a single carriage way every day.

But since the work started congestion on the road is much worse, regardless of the time of day, as an entire lane has been closed at a point to allow gas mains replacement work to be carried out.

The work is scheduled to finish on May 14, but this will by no means be the end of problems for those using this road as the second stage of the large scheme will then get under way, meaning that journeys are likely to take much longer than usual for the next three months.

Those travelling along Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, and Preston Road, Standish, will also have to give themselves much longer when setting out on a journey in coming weeks. From next week traffic lights will be in place for two weeks at all times of the day on Preston Road, to allow United Utilities to replace a water mains near to the boundary with Coppull.

The road carries tens of thousands of vehicles every day as it is the most direct route for many people travelling from Coppull and Chorley.

During rush hours traffic through Standish is heavy as many drivers exit the M6 motorway at junction 27, which takes them through the village.

Another source of frustration will be for drivers on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, who will also have to negotiate traffic lights for four weeks while the pavements are resurfaced.

The work will start on the road between Norley Hall Avenue and Major Street on Monday, May 14 and during off peak periods.

For more information visit www.wigan.gov.uk and click the Roadworks bulletin at the right hand side of the page.