A SCHEME to improve travel times along one of Wigan’s busiest roads has been hit with delays.
The programme, which will see a traffic light-controlled junction created in place of the current roundabout at Marus Bridge, was scheduled to start on Monday, July 20, but has been put back another week due to “technical issues”.
Works will now start on Monday, July 27 and is expected to take 21 weeks.
The work will be done in a phased process to reduce the impact during peak travel times but motorists are warned there will be delays while the work is taking place.
Wherever possible motorists were advised to find alternative routes but many have expressed anger at the fact they were not informed of the delays, as they deliberately avoided the area.
One disgruntled driver, said: “I had spent time in working out a new route, which is less convenient, and this was just wasted. This work will take long enough as it is, without a missed week to extend the misery.
“For weeks there have been signs informing us of the work, but nothing on the fact it has been delayed a week - you would think the council would let us know that to avoid further inconvenience.”
Mark Tilley, assistant director for infrastructure at Wigan Council, said: “The improvements at Marus Bridge will be starting a week later than expected due to technical issues.
“Work will now begin on Monday July 27. We apologise for any inconvenience.”
The project aims to help make traffic travelling along the A49 more free-flowing and reduce congestion.
It will also 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.
The transformation project comes from Local Pinch Point funding from the Department for Transport.
The artwork which currently sits on the roundabout will be moved to appropriate points around the junction and landscaping will all be part of the scheme.
Speaking of the benefits of the scheme, Coun David Molyneux, Deputy Leader of Wigan Council, said: “When this is teamed up with our ambitious road plans which will link up motorways on each side of the borough to create a better connected road network it will prove a great boost to businesses and residents.”