Plans to alter busy junction welcomed

Coun Nathan Murray at the junction of Wigan Road and Soughers Lane, where Wigan Council is proposing to extend double yellow lines to improve safety

Coun Nathan Murray at the junction of Wigan Road and Soughers Lane, where Wigan Council is proposing to extend double yellow lines to improve safety

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A COUNCILLOR is urging residents to have their say on plans to extend double yellow lines at a junction which he says has become a bottleneck.

Coun Nathan Murray, for Bryn ward, has welcomed Wigan Council’s proposal to make alterations where Sougher’s Lane meets Wigan Road.

Coun Murray says extending the restrictions to prevent parking by around 10m are needed as parked vehicles and the narrowness of Sougher’s Lane means queues are building up on both sides of the junction and motorists trying to turn out are struggling to see clearly.

He is urging as many people who live or work in the area and travel in the area regularly to fill out the upcoming consultation on the scheme.

Coun Murray said: “At the moment the junction is a mess so I’m urging all residents who live nearby to give their views on these proposals.

“The problem is there’s so many cars parking up you can’t see left or right entering Wigan Road. Furthermore, sometimes you get people double parking when they are just running into the local shops on the corner.

“Cars turn up Sougher’s Lane from Wigan Road to avoid the lights at Bryn Cross, and when they turn right they can’t get up the road if there’s a car waiting at the junction and you get backlogs of cars in both directions, down Wigan Road and up Sougher’s Lane. It’s like an unofficial car park.

“Something will need to be done in the end, because there’s congestion and it’s dangerous. I understand residents and shop owners will have some questions but I’m confident businesses won’t be affected and I don’t think residents will be either.

“I can’t see putting these extra double yellows in being a massive issue but I do think it will change a lot and make the junction safer if it goes ahead.”

The proposal Wigan Council wants feedback on involves painting an extra section of double yellow lines down one side of Sougher’s Lane.

Coun Murray says the parking restrictions are a good solution to the issues as several terraced houses are extremely close to the road at the junction, which would make more drastic solutions of changing the road layout difficult.

Comments should be submitted to the assistant director for legal at Wigan town hall by November 10, quoting reference RD/LS/SEC/CL48.62