COMMUTERS in Wigan are set for more traffic misery from today, as major roadworks to improve one of the town’s busiest interchanges get under way.
The Saddle Junction in Newtown is set to undergo a huge revamp, with a new road being built on to Wallgate from near the Adam Bridge, off Gower Street.
The scheme is the first part of the Wigan South Central improvement plan, which aims to improve the road network in that area of the borough.
However, preparatory works are required by Electricity North West on their electricity network. Stop/go boards are set to be put into operation from today on Victoria Street, during off-peak periods.
Following that, lane closures could be required on Warrington Road at all times.
Work on the junction is expected to be complete within three weeks.
The National Grid will also carry remedial works on Warrington Road on Wednesday and Thursday, near to Westminster Street, with temporary traffic signals to be put in place during off peak periods.
The Saddle Junction is a well-known traffic hotspot in the town, with commuters facing long delays, due to the traffic flowing to and from the town centre, as well as the busy Asda megastore.
The area is set to be remodelled, with the aim of easing some of the congestion on Poolstock Road, and improving access in and out of town and to the Robin Park area.
However, things are likely to get worse before they get better, and motorists are being warned to avoid the area if at all possible and find an alternative route.
In October last year, the council scrapped plans for the £30m Wigan Inner Relief Road, a congestion-busting road that would have gone from the rear of Asda hypermarket at the Saddle Junction to Frog Lane.
The road, which had been promised for 20 years, was one of a series of high-profile projects across the county which were shelved.
The announcement was immediately condemned by Wigan’s business community and disappointed political leaders.