On-road parking to be banned at college

Parking outside St John Rigby College, along Gathurst Road

Parking outside St John Rigby College, along Gathurst Road

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WIGAN Council is to put double yellow lines outside a college where cars parked on the roadside are creating a traffic hazard.

The local authority’s highways department has stepped in after complaints the lines of vehicles on Gathurst Road next to St John Rigby College.

We will be introducing double yellow lines along a section of Gathurst Road which includes the college, golf club and nearby restaurant in the next month

Kevin Hargreaves - Wigan Council traffic manager

Drivers said the cars makes the road effectively one lane, with vans and other larger vehicles having to back up in order to let traffic coming the other way through.

Wigan Council has now stepped in, saying it will put parking restrictions along a stretch of Gathurst Road outside and around the popular sixth form college in the next few weeks.

Kevin Hargreaves, traffic manager at Wigan Council, said: “We will be introducing double yellow lines along a section of Gathurst Road which includes the college, golf club and nearby restaurant in the next month.

“We appreciate that some motorists have faced problems in the area after we received a number of complaints about the way vehicles have been parked around these areas. Hopefully this measure will make a difference.”

St John Rigby College principal Peter McGhee said the current shortage of parking places was due to construction work on new IT facilities and demand was higher during the summer term due to students passing their driving tests during the academic year.

Mr McGhee said: “We will manage around the demands for student car parking as best we can.”

The Wigan Evening Post recently highlighted the parking problems outside the college after being approached by Shevington resident Jack Fenn who said he often struggled to get past the establishment on his daily route to and from Orrell.

The 77-year-old said: “It’s terrible. The other day I counted 23 cars parked along the road. It’s been like this for ages but it seems to be getting worse. I know a few people who have been grumbling about it. If a van and a car are going in opposite directions they can’t get past.”

Reader Paul Lightfoot also demanded action, sending several pictures of the parked cars to the newsroom and describing the current situation as dangerous.

St John Rigby students have previously attempted to park their cars partly on the road and partly on the pavement but were ticketed.