Road block for housing works

Patrick Porter is complaining about Winstanley Road which is closed at the junction with Church Street Orrell and signs on Winstanley Road just say 'road closed' with  no more information for drivers

Patrick Porter is complaining about Winstanley Road which is closed at the junction with Church Street Orrell and signs on Winstanley Road just say 'road closed' with no more information for drivers

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DRAINAGE works on a new housing development has caused traffic chaos following the closure of a main through-road in Wigan.

Lowton Developments is currently transforming the former Station Hotel, in Church Street, Orrell, into two semi-detached homes, with six luxury detached properties to be built behind the old pub.

It has commissioned Cranberry Construction to connect a new sewer onto the existing one and as a result, Winstanley Road/Church Street is closed for two weeks, between Lodge Road and Smithy Glen Drive.

Traffic using Pemberton Road can no longer turn into Winstanley Road and is being diverted via Wigan Road, Upholland Road, Gantley Road and St James Road.

Access will be available to Lodge Road from Church Street, controlled by temporary traffic signals.

But some residents are concerned about the chaos it will create,

Patrick Porter, 60, of Winstanley Road, said: “This is causing a lot of confusion as the road closure and diversion signs are too far away from the actual blockade and I have seen people driving fast all the way to the closure and then speeding back up to make for lost time. There is going to be an accident and what happens if an ambulance or fire engine needs to get through?”

Work started on building the houses in February, with the project expected to be completed next summer.

David Lloyd, owner of Lowton Developments, said: “Because of the nature and position of the development, we need to connect to existing water services, and unfortunately, the service is located in the middle of the road.

“A traffic management plan has been put in place and approved by the council. I wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused. I know how frustrating diversions can be, but there is nothing we can do.

“From a health and safety point of view, we have to shut the road off due to the works.”

Tony Hemingway, Wigan Council network co-ordinator, said there was adequate signage and he has asked the developers to provide additional signs.

He added the emergency services are notified of any closures.