A TRAFFIC congestion nightmare is soon to be eased with the introduction of a yellow box junction.
After more than six months of planning, the box will be painted on the staggered crossroad in Bryn Street at the intersection of the A58 and A49 in Ashton in three weeks’ time.
It is hoped this will prevent drivers sneaking through the traffic lights as they turn red and getting stuck on the junction.
Coun Paul Tushingham, who has been working with Wigan Council’s highways team to install the box, said: “It is a busy road and the intersection at the junction of the A49 and A58 gets blocked.
“There are times when a few people come through on red and block the end of Bryn Street.
“The traffic backs on to Bryn Street and Wigan Road, so they can’t move and it causes tailbacks onto Gerard Street.
“The council’s highways team was looking into making Bryn Street one way, but following a temporary measure a while ago, it was agreed that would not work.
“So at the top of Gerard Street at the junction of Warrington Road and Liverpool Road, the half box will be painted on the road within three weeks.
“Now it will be down to driver behaviour to make sure the junction is not blocked.
“This will make a tricky intersection a little easier and prevent motorists from blocking that junction, particularly at peak times.
“I am hoping this will ease the gridlock which can sometimes occur.”
Mark Tilley, head of highways at Wigan Council, confirmed that engineers had assessed the junction as part of its strategic transport plans and work will begin on August 14.