Hated bus lane to go

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AN unpopular Wigan bus lane will cease to exist this weekend.

Engineers will be out tonight deleting the markings from Pottery Road which were first put in a decade ago to discourage car use and give priority to public transport.

But the funnelling of more traffic into a single lane only led to worse congestion than before.

And now that Southgate – the new Saddle Junction relief road – has opened, the bus lane is surplus to requirements.

Southgate is cutting journey times out of the town centre and officers expect to have a full traffic survey early in the New Year.

The council’s deputy leader Coun David Molyneux said: “We will remove the bus lane this weekend.

“There will be a brief overnight road closure on Friday night/Saturday morning as we clear the lines and signs.

“Two weeks in, traffic is flowing much more freely and, looking at the comments on social media, people are rightly pleased with the new road.”

Closing the south route out of town for a few hours from 10pm tonight has been discussed with the blue light services and the taxi and bus companies, with a signed diversion operating down Swan Meadow Road.

Other works on the outgoing stretch of the A49 will include safe pedestrian crossings.