A CAMPAIGN has been launched to restore the original lay-out of a busy Wigan junction in order to boost traders.
Winstanley councillor Clive Morgan wants to bring back a right turn option for Goose Green motorists at the junction of Warrington Road and Clap Gate Lane.
Residents and business representatives joined Coun Morgan and ward colleague Coun Paul Kenny at the launch of a petition which can be signed at the NISA shop on Clap Gate Lane. On hand to listen to local residents was Wigan Cabinet Highways Portfolio holder Coun Kevin Anderson.
Warrington Road is already set for major changes this year following confirmation that the Marus Bridge roundabout is to be removed and replaced with traffic signals as part of a £1m investment to keep this busy road running smoothly.
Currently traffic wishing to access Clap Gate Lane must negotiate the roundabout and make its way up Highfield Grange Avenue: a detour that could be avoided by re-opening the right turn access.
Coun Morgan says the roundabout works provide the opportunity for the right turn to be re-instated. He added: “As a local resident I will campaign hard and make representation to the Council for the right turn to be re-instated.
“I know that there is a strong desire from many residents to see this happen but we need the voice of the local community to back the campaign by signing the ‘Bring It Back’ petition.”
Business leaders in the area are also backing the campaign. Hitesh Chandarana from NISA store said that there had “certainly been no benefits” to the business following the closure of the right turn. He said: “The decision to close the right turn has had a significant impact on Clap Gate Lane shopping precinct businesses. I know that prospective businesses have pulled out of plans to invest in a refurbished precinct, in part because of the loss of passing trade.”