Plans for The Line get green light

The Line in Standish

The Line in Standish

Work to transform a former railway line has been given the go ahead.

The final stages of plans to improve The Line transport route in Standish have been approved by Wigan Council’s planning committee.

The former mineral line, which runs 1.45km from Brookfield Road to the centre of Standish, will be upgraded to improve access to the village for walkers and cyclists and also provide a feature showcasing local heritage.

The route will be resurfaced and new lighting put in allowing year-round use for school pupils, dog walkers, horse riders, shoppers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Wigan Council hopes the £150,000 upgrade will allow people to walk, cycle or ride into the centre of Standish and encourage residents to leave their cars at home.

The funding for the upgrade has come from section 106 contributions from developers who build houses in the area. The council will fund the work initially as part of The Deal.

Coun David Molyneux, Wigan Council deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is a great project and will be a fantastic addition to Standish.

“The objective of the improvement works is to encourage people to lead healthier, active lives and reduce the number of car journeys. New lighting along The Line also means it will deter anti-social behaviour.”

For more information please visit www.wigan.gov.uk