Have your say on blueprint for link road

A proposed plan of what the M58 link road would look like in Smithy Brook Road
A proposed plan of what the M58 link road would look like in Smithy Brook Road

PLANS for a new motorway link road are to be fully revealed during a consultation day.

Residents can have their say on the proposals for a new link road between central Wigan and the M6 and M58 motorways from 1pm until 7pm tomorrow (Tuesday) at Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club, White Street, Pemberton.

Wigan Council is planning to build the new 1.4 mile M58/M6 link road as part of a series of cross-borough link roads to relieve congestion.

It will connect the M58/M6 motorway junction to Billinge Road and on to Pemberton Business Park where it will connect to the existing roundabout at Smithy Brook Road.

Coun David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We believe the M58 link road strikes a balance between relieving Wigan and Pemberton’s traffic problems, improving its economic potential and protecting the environment by keeping traffic moving.

“It’s crucial for the growth of the local economy and for all of us in the borough that we have a transport infrastructure that is fit for the future.”

The western section of the road will be 525 metres across an open field south of the former Abraham Guest playing fields. The road will continue across Brook Lane and connect onto the western end of Leopold Street, which will be widened along its southern side by using a grass verge. A new section of road will be constructed near the eastern end of Leopold Street to Billinge Road. A new junction will be constructed with the road connecting to Smithy Brook Road and Warrington Road.

To view a video and for further details visit www.wigan.gov.uk/M58LinkRoad. Some residents have launched a petition opposing the scheme - www.nom58link.co.uk