Road death map

Accident blackspots revealed
Accident blackspots revealed

WIGAN’S road fatality blackspots have been identified for the first time on a pioneering new borough road smash map.

Hindley and Pemberton are identified as two areas which have seen a particularly large number of deaths in traffic accidents.

Between 1999 and 2010, nine people have been killed in road traffic collisions in Hindley while eight people lost their lives in Pemberton.

Reports supplied by the Department for Transport show some startling figures, including the high amount of pedestrians killed on Wigan’s roads being more than DOUBLE the amount of drivers killed.

But there has been a significant decrease in the number of fatalities over all.

In 2010, only five people were killed in road traffic collisions, as opposed to 20 in the year 2000.

Of the 119 people who have died between 1999 and 2010, 38 of them were aged between 19 and 35 while 29 were over 65 years old.

The figures for 2011 have yet to be released.

One of the worst incidents was the collision between a bus and a heavy goods vehicle on the Wigan stretch of the M6 between junctions 25 and 26 in 2000.

Two people were killed while more than 20 others were left injured or seriously injured.

Since 1999, 19 motorcyclists have been killed as a result of collisions with one passenger on a motorcycle losing their life.

Two pedestrians have also died as a result of motorcycle crashes.

The decrease in the amount of deaths on Wigan’s roads has been attributed to people being made more aware of the dangers on the roads, speed cameras and infrastructure improvements.

In Hindley, work has been carried out on the junction of Wigan Road, Market Street, Atherton Road and Liverpool Road while work on the saddle junction in Newtown has also been implemented. Over the last few years, the use of mobile phones at the wheel has fallen, after it was outlawed.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for the environment and member of the road safety forum, said: “The hard work of the road safety forum, and our education work in schools, means serious road accidents are reducing. Whilst a single incident is one too many, the downward trend is good news. I would ask all road users to take care, drive for the road and weather conditions, never use a mobile phone at the wheel and ensure bikes are fitted with working lamps.”