Steps taken to tackle rat runs and congestion

Coun Paul Prescott in in Loch Street which has been narrowed following complaints it was being used as a cut through
Coun Paul Prescott in in Loch Street which has been narrowed following complaints it was being used as a cut through
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PARKED cars blocking a Wigan street will soon be a thing of the past.

Coun Paul Prescott has worked with the council’s highways team to have double yellow lines put down on both sides of Queen Street, Pemberton, at the junction of Fleet Street only after receiving numerous complaints about traffic flow.

They will be painted on February 24.

He said: “There has been a problem for some years about parking on the corner of Queen Street near Trinity Methodist Church. It is a busy thoroughfare which runs to Orrell Road and Ormskirk Road and has traffic in both directions. But because of double parking, people can’t get through and I have seen vehicles having to reverse back onto the main road because of the stream of traffic coming towards them. We have had no objections to the yellow lines as that part is a non-residential area and I hope that people respect them and allow a single two-way traffic to pass through as normal.”

Work has now also been completed in narrowing nearby Loch Street.

Coun Prescott had requested this, saying motorists were going against the one-way traffic flow to use it as a cut-through to go to City Road.

He said: “I am pleased that has been done. It was very dangerous as people were using the turn at the junction at Loch Street to go to Fleet Street and carry on to City Road as a short cut to Kershaw Street, where there is a school. If people go at speed in the wrong way, it could have caused a serious head-on collision. But now we have narrowed the exit from Loch Street to make the turn-in from Fleet Street practically impossible.”