Drivers warned to prepare for commuter route delays

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THERE is more misery ahead for drivers across the borough after the announcement that more roads are due to close.

Drivers have faced months of severe delays because of a number of road work schemes, one of the most disruptive being the improvements of the Saddle Junction, and just as things look as though they are returning to normal another closure has been scheduled.

From August 22, Ince Green Lane, Ince will be closed for two weeks while gas mains replacements will take place.

As a result of the closure drivers will face a diversion of more than one and a half miles along one of the borough’s busiest commuter routes, further adding to rush hour congestion.

The closure, which will run between Church Street and Pinewood Crescent, could also affect train users as the railway station falls in the middle of the closure, so usual access to car drop off and pick up points as well as all day parking will be restricted.

It was also announced that a road plagued by delays in recent month with face more temporary closures starting on Sunday, August 7.

Chorley Road, Standish, will be closed for five consecutive Sundays between Wigan Road and Water Drive to allow road resurfacing work to be carried out.

Nearby Rectory Lane has been closed for three months while National Grid has been carrying out essential replacement of old metal water mains for new plastic ones, which promise to be more reliable and longer lasting.

As a result of the Rectory Lane closure traffic has been diverted along Chorley Road causing even more delays along the road which is already highly congested during rush hours.

The closure, along a stretch that is less than 400 yards, will mean that drivers will have to follow a suggested diversion that is more than six miles long.