More work at blackspot

Traffic problems caused by the raised ironworks on the A49 Wigan Road at Boars Head roundabout
Traffic problems caused by the raised ironworks on the A49 Wigan Road at Boars Head roundabout

FRUSTRATED commuters are to face weeks of more delays after a drawn out scheme failed to cut out chaos.

Work to resurface a section of Chorley Road and Wigan Road, at the Boar’s Head roundabout in Standish, was scheduled to take place each Sunday for seven weeks in a bid to stop delays during the week.

But because of raised ironworks that are scattered across the road, which is one of the borough’s busiest commuter routes, drivers are being forced to slow down to negotiate and manoeuvre around them, which is causing lengthy delays at certain times of the day.

Queuing traffic heading into the town from Chorley Road slows down to a crawl for about 30 minutes during the morning rush hour and similarly in the evening traffic queues back along Wigan Road for commuters heading out of the town.

The work started three weeks ago so the scheme is not yet at the half way point - the work is expected to be completed on Sunday, November 13.

To carry out the road resurfacing Wigan Council has authorised for Chorley Road to be closed from Limes Avenue to the junction of Wigan Road over a series of Sundays.

Traffic signals are also in place on Wigan Road between the railway bridge and the entrance to Gidlow Cemetery to manage traffic while the work is carried out.

Chorley Road has been at the centre of many a congestion row in recent years and last year residents protested against proposed plans to put traffic in at the junction to try and alleviate traffic problems. The Boar’s Head junction has been a traffic blackspot for a number of years because vehicles using Chorley Road must give way to the heavy traffic flow of vehicles coming from Standish.

The junction, served by Chorley Road, Wigan Road and Wigan Lane has been monitored by Wigan Council for a number of years, but last year they decided that there was not a viable solution to alleviate the problem.

Mark Tilley (pictured), head of infrastructure at the council, said: “Raised ironwork is a consequence of the resurfacing we are carrying out now that various private companies’ work on the road are complete.

“The roadworks are clearly signed and, subject to the weather, will be completed to schedule.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and thank drivers for their patience.”

There is a seven mile diversion in place during the road closures which will take drivers from Wigan Road in Standish along Wigan Lane, Central Park Way, Greenough Street, Scholes, Whelley, Wigan Road in Aspull, Haigh Road, Riley Lane, Meadow Pit Lane and Red Rock Lane.