More road delays for motorists

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THERE is yet more chaos on the roads for weary Wigan commuters.

Roads throughout Standish have been blighted by numerous road work schemes in recent months, many of which have caused havoc for drivers making their way in and out of the town centre, and there is still no end in sight.

Just weeks after the three month closure of Rectory Lane, the road along which traffic was diverted during this time, Bradley Lane, has itself been closed for resurfacing works to take place.

Now drivers will face a diversion of six miles because of the two-week closure of the stretch of road that is less than a mile long.

The closure is scheduled to run until next Tuesday, September 13.

Less than a month ago Rectory Lane reopened after three months while National Grid replaced old metal water pipes with new more reliable and longer lasting plastic ones.

During the road works all traffic was diverted along Chorley Road, which is one of the busiest commuter routes in the borough and so the added traffic caused huge delays and chaos for commuters as well as local residents.

Resurfacing work was also scheduled to take place along Chorley Road for five consecutive Sundays in August, but has since been extended to seven Sundays starting on September 17.

Throughout the closures, temporary traffic signals will be in place on Wigan Road between the railway bridge and the entrance to Gidlow Cemetery.

The troubles on the roads throughout Standish has been rumbling on for a number of years and in 2009 there was extensive closure of its bustling centre while a major water mains replacement scheme was carried out.

During the year-long scheme many businesses were forced to close and others still have not recovered from the loss of business more than three years down the line.