Plans to ease congestion at busy borough highway

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A NEW link road could be built in Wigan to ease congestion along a busy route.

The proposal is part of ambitious plans by regeneration specialists St Modwen’s to redevelop Wigan Enterprise Park.

They include plans to connect the highway between Seaman Way and Phoenix Way to Manchester Road and Warrington Road, Ince, helping alleviate congestion and bringing easier access in and around the area. The route forms part of Wigan Council’s aims within its own Transport Strategy that will eventually provide linkage from Atherleigh Way into Wigan town centre.

The St Modwen’s road scheme would be part of the Amberswood Link that would eventually provide a route from Liverpool Road, in Hindley, through to Phoenix Way and provide some congestion relief along the A577 through Ince to Hindley Crossroads.

Although the project is subject to planning permission, the news is welcomed by members of Wigan Council and its transport bosses.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader and champion for economic regeneration, said: “We understand fully Wigan’s problems with congestion and that is one of the big things we are trying to resolve.

“Any relief we can bring to roads like the A577 and the A49 are major steps in the right direction. The link would relieve a lot of problems along the A577 and the route in and around Hindley cross roads.”

St Modwen has submitted its plans to the council to redevelop Wigan Enterprise Park earlier this month. The project, which is predicted to create 100 permanent construction jobs, would also build up to 325 family homes.