Town to benefit from growth deal

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WIGAN will benefit to the tune of £53.4m from the Government’s Growth deal.

A total of £476.7m has been allocated to Greater Manchester to be invested in science, skills and transport.

A number of projects in Wigan, which will start to come to fruition next year, have received funding.

The three major plans are in the transport sector with the biggest seeing £25m invested in a new 2.5km link road to the south of the town centre from junction 25 of the M6.

The scheme will also link a new employment site, Westwood Park, to the strategic highway network.

The duel carriageway will follow the route of the old railway line to Westwood park from a new roundabout junction with Warrington Road at Goose Green.

Another link road will also benefit from £12.7m. This will be from juntion 26 of the M6 and M58 into the west side of the town centre and will assist in the delivery of Pemberton Park.

This road will be a 2km-long single carriageway and it is hoped it will help ease traffic congestion along Ormskirk Road.

A major enhancement of the bus station will be funded by £15.7m to support the wider delivery of commercial and economic development within the town centre. This will include improved passenger facilities at the bus station as well as clear telemetry with the two train stations and connections to key destinations within the town centre.

Elsewhere, Wigan & Leigh College students will benefit from more courses.