Will link road and housing plan end traffic misery?

Exterior of The Bulls Head pub, Warrington Road, Goose Green
Exterior of The Bulls Head pub, Warrington Road, Goose Green

AMBITIOUS plans which could bring an end to traffic misery on one of Wigan’s busiest main road have been unveiled.

Proposals have been submitted with Wigan Council to build a large housing development and create a link road in the Poolstock, Worsley Mesnes and Goose Green areas.

If successful, it will mean land between and including Westwood Park, in Poolstock, to the A49 Warrington Road at the junction with Little Lane, in Goose Green, converted into a major new development.

The plans include a mixed development scheme comprising office and industrial space, 86 residential properties, a neighbourhood centre and a visitors centre.

And the plans, which were submitted jointly by Wigan Council and developers Wainhomes, it will also see the construction of a two-lane highway between the A49 and Westwood Park with associated junction improvements.

The other submission is to demolish the Bulls Head pub and use the land east of Warrington Road to build.

It is hoped the link road will take traffic off the A49, allowing drivers to head towards Robin Park and the Saddle junction.

Peter Barlow, land and planning director at Wainhomes, who is leading the residential development at the former Bulls Head site, said: “Just to the side of Goose Green Labour Club, we will establish a major roundabout, which will deflect traffic off the A49, bypassing Asda, Rathbones and the saddle junction and carry on to Poolstock.

“At first, the roundabout turn off will be a dead end, but when we have the funding there will be an extension coming from Poolstock to Westwood Park, making it easier to get into town.

“This is a major redevelopment scheme for Wigan.

“The saddle junction has been a sore point for many years. That new layout has helped, but there is still a bottleneck at peak times, which carries on up the saddle.

“With this new scheme, we hope to bypass the saddle and come around the back of that into Miry Lane.

“This should be a major regeneration programme which for the town. It will lift the whole area and make it attractive.”

Work on the roundabout is expected to commence within the next two months.

Wigan Council assistant director of planning and transport, Mike Worden, said: “The Bulls Head site is part of the land which now has planning permission for housing and for the construction of a junction to serve the new A49 diversion.”