Road works warning


THE M6 near Wigan is set to undergo major roadworks this year as part of further multi-million pound improvements to the region’s roads.

As part of the Pinch Point programme, seven state of the art CCTV cameras will be installed between Junction 27 (Standish) and 28 (Leyland) at a cost of £836,000.

Work will begin in August 2014 and is expected to be completed by February the following year, but Highway Agency chiefs say disruption to the motorway will be inevitable. The pinch point pro­gramme forms part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, out­lined during the Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn State­ment in Novem­ber 2011.

The Agency was ini­tially allo­cated over £200m for the pinch point pro­gramme to deliver focused improve­ments to the Strate­gic Road Network, during the period 2012/13 - 2014/15.

Following the Autumn State­ment 2012 the High­ways Agency received an addi­tional £100m to invest in the pinch point programme.

The pinch point programme is being designed by the High­ways Agency to deliver smaller scale improve­ments to the strategic road network that will help to stimulate growth in the local economy and relieve congesion and/or improve safety.