Lights installed at nightmare island

Marus Bridge island
Marus Bridge island
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TEMPORARY lights have been installed at a junction where roadworks are causing traffic misery.

After receiving a flurry of complaints from irritated road users, who have been stuck bumper to bumper in recent days at Marus Bridge island, Town hall bosses have been forced to bring in extra calming measures.

Highways engineers moved onto the road in July, working on introducing a traffic light-controlled junction created in place of the current roundabout.

However, there has been increased traffic in recent days with queues often backing up to junction 25 of the M6.

A Wigan Council spokesman said: “Temporary traffic lights are being installed at Marus Bridge junction to help control the traffic flow while work is ongoing. There will be someone on site over the weekend to monitor the junction and they will be able to adjust the lights to keep congestion to a minimum.

“We apologise for any disruption and thank you for bearing with us while the works are coming to an end.”

When engineers moved on site in late July, Wigan Council said work was expected to take 21 weeks, taking it up to the week before Christmas.

The work being carried out aims to help make traffic travelling along the A49 more free-flowing and reduce congestion. It is also hoped it will help increase capacity at the junction and improve connectivity for commuters travelling through and into Wigan town centre.

This project complements the new A49 link road which will be built in 2016 and future environmental improvements along Poolstock.