Safety scheme for Westhoughton road 

16/08/12
Town Hall

Council chiefs have approved a package of plans to improve safety on a major road in Westhoughton.

 

Wigan Road is a key traffic route in and out of Westhoughton and council chiefs believe the road needs to be improved.

 

A total of 16 accidents, resulting in 17 casualties, have occurred along Wigan Road, between Wearish Lane and Cricketers Way, from 2006 to 2010. Three of the 17 casualties were seriously injured.

 

The plans, approved by Executive Cabinet Member Councillor Nick Peel on August 13, include installing two refuges to help pedestrians cross the road. One will be installed near Walker Street and one near Dobb Brow.

 

Two new signs will be erected near Southfield Drive, warning motorists about the approaching bend.

 

And hatch markings will also be painted along Wigan Road, from Wearish Lane to Cricketers Way, to improve safety.

 

Local residents and business people were consulted about the proposals and the majority of the people who commented supported the plans.

 

The safety measures will be implemented as part of the resurfacing work that is currently underway on Wigan Road.

 

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor David Chadwick, said: “These safety improvements will make a real difference to the people of Westhoughton. These measures will slow traffic down, encourage drivers to take more care and drive more safely.”

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