Traffic island crusade joy

Coun Ann Rampling at the new traffic refuge island on Wigan Road, Bryn, with local residents Ken Sudworth and Norman Cunliffe

Coun Ann Rampling at the new traffic refuge island on Wigan Road, Bryn, with local residents Ken Sudworth and Norman Cunliffe

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PARENTS are hailing safety measures at a dangerous Wigan road junction.

Ever-increasing traffic flows through Bryn have left people facing a risky sprint across the highway to keep out of trouble.

Now after a campaign from Bryn councillor Ann Rampling a refuge island has been built near the junction of Wigan Road and Eddleston Street so that walkers can make the manoeuvre in two safe steps.

Coun Rampling said: “I have received many complaints from residents, especially the elderly, who were worried and concerned about crossing Wigan Road. The traffic is very heavy with cars speeding along that stretch of road and there have been several near misses over the years.

“Because residents were so concerned I asked for a traffic survey from the Council which supported their concerns about the dangers of crossing the road at that point. The highways department recommended a safety crossing and extra road markings to give local people peace of mind and it has now been installed.

“I am delighted to see that this crossing has been installed and would like to thank the Council for the way they have listened to local people and acted to make this stretch of road much safer to cross.”

Team Leader Network Management in Wigan Council Traffic Group Danny Orrell said the Council had received a number of complaints over the last few months about the difficulty that pedestrians faced when crossing the A49 Wigan Road near to Eddleston Street.

The installation of the pedestrian central refuge island allows a safe place for pedestrians, including folk with prams, to safely pause and then cross the highway in two movements.

Mr Orrell addded: “In August 2011 we received a request for a pedestrian crossing from local residents who said they found it difficult to cross the road at this point because of the heavy traffic flows.

“This request was endorsed by the local MP, Yvonne Fovargue. We undertook a survey to gauge whether a pedestrian crossing at this location would be justified. The results showed that a pedestrian central refuge island is justified and funding was agreed for work to be carried out. The plans also took into account the relocation of the bus stop on the southbound carriageway to accommodate the new island.”