Crossing call for busy borough road

A zebra crossing should be installed on a busy borough road to make access for pedestrians safer, campaigners have said.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 7:00 am

The concerned locals want highways bosses to act and install a crossing on Castle Hill Road, Hindley, to prevent a serious accident.

If granted, it would be positioned near to the junctions with Sandy Lane and Hindley Mill Lane.

Hindley councillors Paul Blay and Jim Talbot, who are spearheading the campaign, said there was an “urgent need” to have the crossing point, with the A58 being one of the busiest roads in the borough.

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Coun Paul Blay and Coun Jim Talbot next to the busy road
Coun Paul Blay and Coun Jim Talbot next to the busy road

Residents traverse the road at this point when walking to locations including Borsdane Wood, Hindley Cemetery and Castle Hill St Philip’s CE Primary School with a long distance to walk to the nearest crossing point, meaning some pedestrians are taking risks.

The pair have taken their demands to the local authority and a town hall officer has agreed to contact Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who will now conduct an inspection of the area and monitor traffic volumes to see if it meets the criteria for a crossing point.

Coun Blay said: “We have met with a Wigan Council traffic officer to set the ball rolling to have a zebra crossing put in position on Castle Hill Road.

“We feel there is an urgent need for one because it takes more traffic than most roads in the borough.

“The nearest safe point to where we want one is the pelican crossing on Bridge Street which is a heck of a detour for people to walk just to get to the other side of the road safely - so many people don’t and try getting over without a crossing which is, of course, risky.”

Coun Talbot said: “We have many residents crossing at this particular point, when walking to the woods, cemetery and St Philip’s School. We also have a convenience store, public house and a pillar box in the same vicinity.”

The pair said they would keep residents updated on their bid following positive talks.

They added: “It was a very constructive meeting with the officer agreeing to contact TfGM on the matter.

“TfGM will organise and carry out the compulsory assessment that will be needed in the area before we can proceed.”

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