New road scheme to come into force

Kitt Green Road, Marsh Green

Kitt Green Road, Marsh Green

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TRAFFIC-calming measures which have caused much heated debate among Wigan drivers are to be axed as part of a new road safety scheme.

The chicanes - or pinchpoints - along Kitt Green Road in Marsh Green and Kitt Green will disappear to reduce accidents and cars speeding through to beat the oncoming car they would give way for. As a result, two vehicles will be able to pass each other, easing traffic flow, - although the road will be narrower where the crossing points are to improve safety for pedestrians.

It will make the area more attractive for residents and more welcoming and safer for pedestrians

Mark Tilley

The area will be given a more “residential look,” with dropped kerbs and new paving to discourage traffic from using Kitt Green Road.

And the council is involving schools, as there will be road safety plays, workshops, activities and lessons involving the Box Clever Theatre Company. Pupils will create an online magazine and students from St John Fisher High School will perform create a play at the DW Stadium. The scheme is being funded through TfGM’s road safety partnership fund.

Mark Tilley, Wigan Council’s assistant director for infrastructure, said: “Wigan Council is undertaking work on Kitt Green Road to reduce accidents and the number of cars speeding. It will make the area more attractive for residents and more welcoming and safer for pedestrians. To support this we are running an exciting range of educational activities to ensure that young people will stay safe while crossing the road.”

The scheme is expected to be completed later in the year,