Standishgate slowdown

MOTORISTS are to be slowed down even further in Wigan town centre in a bid to reduce accidents.

Current visitors to the town will have noticed that their path down Standishgate from the ring road is blocked by roadworks and diversions are in place.

Major roadworks on Standishgate, Wigan

Major roadworks on Standishgate, Wigan

Once the excavations are complete drivers will see that a 20mph speed limits been introduced, that the raised pedestrian crossings have been replaced by new puffin-style units and the footpath width increased in order to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.

Wigan Council is carrying out the work in conjunction with The Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership (Drivesafe), on the project based on the “three Es.”

As such it aims to delivers a combination of measures involving education, engineering and enforcement to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on Greater Manchester’s roads.

Between February 2007 and December 2012 nine road traffic accidents were recorded in Standishgate, Mesnes Street and Crompton Street alone.

These resulted in seven pedestrian casualties one of which was a fatality.

The authority says the causes of these incidents were wide ranging although in some cases there was a failure by pedestrians to look properly or to use the pedestrian crossings.

A spokeswoman said: “As part of the Drivesafe partnership there has been some work down in the Standishgate area of Wigan town centre and this is due to be completed in July.

“The scheme is jointly funded by Wigan Council and Drivesafe – the majority coming from the latter.

“The aim of the project is to reduce road traffic accidents in the town centre, particularly pedestrian casualties.

“As the aim of the project is to reduce accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians, our proposals are to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

“To do this we will improve the existing traffic calming measures to slow down traffic.”