Angry shop owner’s fear over road closure havoc

Carl and Janet at their newsagents, which will lose trade during the road closure
Carl and Janet at their newsagents, which will lose trade during the road closure

OUTRAGED shop owners are appealing against a decision to shut a busy Wigan road for four months.

Carl and Janet Roscoe, who run C and J Newsagents in Ashton are in turmoil after discovering their business will be affected with the closure of Bryn Road from June 3.

The couple have contacted both the council and Network Rail to express their concerns but to no avail.

Janet said: “I feel like I have been let down by the authorities.

“I spoke with both Wigan Council and Network Rail and as a result, feel that nobody cares and that this business could potentially close as I rely on passing trade.

“I don’t believe I was notified properly about the work.”

Network Rail has to completely rebuild a road bridge over the railway which will sever the highway over the summer.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We need to rebuild the bridge on Bryn Road as part of our plans to electrify the line between Huyton and Wigan which will provide a better, cleaner and faster service.

“The work is required to provide sufficient clearance for overhead line equipment which will be installed before the line is energised in December 2014.

“We recently notified nearby residents and have spoken direct with the newsagents; in this regard we have agreed to provide specific signage to help direct people to the shop.”

A spokesman for Wigan Council said: “We followed statutory processes to ensure that residents were made aware of Bryn Road’s temporary closure.

“This involved advertising the road closure in the local newspaper and on our roadwork’s bulletin.

“It is the responsibility of Network Rail to consult with businesses and residents.”