Rush hour road hell goes on

Traffic congestion
Traffic congestion

THERE is no end in sight to motorists’ misery after Wigan Council admitted exhausting all options to improve congestion along a notorious commuter route.

The junction at Boar’s Head in Standish can be a major source of stress during rush hours and despite acknowledging that the junction is a problem the council says there is nothing else it can do.

Last year plans were unveiled to introduce a traffic light system, but petitions containing more than 2,000 signatures opposing the plans were gathered and in June 2010 the plans were officially scrapped.

Residents and business owners were against the proposals as just months previously a year-long project to replace old water pipes filled the streets of Standish centre with roadworks. The works had a huge impact on trade.

The trouble spot, which takes in Chorley Street, Wigan Lane and Wigan Road, is one of the busiest commuter routes into the town centre and carries more than 25,000 vehicles every day.

Wigan Council’s Traffic Manager, Kevin Hargreaves, said: “We have no further plans for this junction. Our proposals, in the form of traffic signals, were not supported by the public.

“The options are either signals or going back to a priority junction which would be equally unpopular.”