Floods gridlock

Traffic being turned back from Saddle Junction. Picture by Carl Barton. Below - the flooded bridge
Traffic being turned back from Saddle Junction. Picture by Carl Barton. Below - the flooded bridge

WIGAN came to a standstill as flooding caused traffic misery for commuters this morning.

Scot Lane was shut at the railway bridge near the junction of Woodhouse Lane after the pool of water across the road became too deep to drive through safely, sending motorists on a lengthy diversion through Shevington and Kitt Green.

Estate roads leading through Kitt Green quickly filled with lengthy tailbacks and slow-moving traffic as drivers tried to make their way around the closures.

The Saddle junction was also closed at the junction with Wallgate due to the large amount of standing water under the railway bridge, while Wigan Council took to social media to warn motorists to avoid the entire junction due to the deep surface water.

The entrances and exits to Asda at Robin Park remained hazardous, with reports from Wigan Fire Service stating a driver had to be rescued after becoming stranded trying to get out at the Saddle Junction.

Rivers around the town remained extremely high after the Douglas burst its banks yesterday.

There were further problems around the borough, with Slag Lane in Lowton, the section of Mort Lane underneath the rail bridge in Tyldesley and Park Road and Longshaw Old Road in Billinge all being closed.

Rail commuters were also still struggling due to the weather, with Network Rail running checks on the Wigan to Southport line at around 8am this morning. The route has been closed throughout the recent torrential rainfall due to flooding in the Parbold area.