Villagers call for changes to road

Gaynar Owen, Coun Ian Moran and Coun John Fillis at the junction of Church Street, School Lane and Parliament Street
Gaynar Owen, Coun Ian Moran and Coun John Fillis at the junction of Church Street, School Lane and Parliament Street

RESIDENTS of a Wigan village are calling for a new traffic management system to be put in place at an accident blackspot.

The junction of Church Street, Parliament Street and School Lane, in Up Holland, has seen numerous accidents over the years but following two more earlier this month local councillors say something must be done.

On the afternoon of March 3 a car reportedly span out of control at the L bend junction and did a full 180 degree spin before coming to rest by the hairdressers 200 yards from the corner.

And earlier the same day at the same junction a driver was seen to lose control of his vehicle which is said to have mounted the pavement narrowly missing a couple of local residents.

Both accidents, which were reported to police, have prompted calls from residents for changes to be made to the road layout.

Gaynar Owen, a local resident, said: “This is a conservation area and the roads are very narrow with the footpaths right on top of them.

“The roads were never built to take modern day traffic.

“Local residents have been terrified by the size and speed of some of the vehicles using the road.

“It is impossible for the large wagons to get round the corner without mounting the pavement or crossing into traffic on the opposite side of the road.” Coun Fillis said: “We have raised concerns about this junction for some time now and the reports back from the county council indicate that cars and wagons are going too fast.”

Coun Ian Moran added: “We have been talking to local residents who have been plagued by this growing problem for years.

“They have suggested the introduction of a mini roundabout at the junction, which we will put to the county council and hope that they do something before someone is seriously hurt.”