NO, engineers haven’t been carrying out secret fracking tests in Wigan!
These workmen are conducting nocturnal mining surveys as a prelude to major works on the M6 at Orrell. The Highways Agency has three temporary rigs, requiring the southbound entry and exit slip roads to be closed from 10pm until 5am each night in the coming days. Later this year extra lanes will be added to the southbound exit slip road from the M6 and the northbound link road to the A577. New traffic lights will be installed at the southbound roundabout to improve traffic flow, with sensors to monitor vehicle numbers.