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M58 link road

The following article was taken from the Wigan Council website. The original article can be read at the following link:

www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-Roads-Travel/Roads/Proposed-M58-Link-Road.aspx

The M58 link road will alleviate traffic on Ormskirk Road (A577) which is one of Wigan borough’s busiest routes, promoting east to west connectivity and improving air quality. The new road is an extension of the existing Leopold Street.

We’ll be connecting the M58/M6 motorway junction through to Billinge Road and on to Pemberton Business Park, where it will connect to the existing roundabout at Smithy Brook Road.

It will be a single carriageway with a 30mph speed limit and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

When will work start?

A planning application was submitted on 8th September 2017, which if approved, will give us permission to begin the road.

The planning application is available to view online through the Council’s planning portal, quoting reference A/17/84615/MAJOR.

When could the road be built?

It is estimated the work could begin on site in 2019 and the road finished in 2020.

If there are opportunities to carry out works in advance of the main contract, e.g. utility diversions, then these will be considered and carefully planned.

Who is funding it?

Funding for the scheme will come from a combination of public and private sector finances, including Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal funding.

Will the road impact our environment?

The road will follow natural contours to minimise effects and we have taken steps to include landscaping to reduce visual intrusion. The road will be subject to a full Environmental Impact Assessment and we will work with our partners to ensure our greenspaces are protected as much as possible.

A full ecological mitigation strategy will also be implemented as part of the works to conserve and enhance wildlife and their habitats.

Have your say

There was a public consultation in late 2015 where local people had the chance to comment on the plans. These have been taken into consideration and the proposals have been changed to include the suggestions listed below.

However, households and businesses that are directly affected by the road will have their chance to comment on the planning application as it goes through the statutory planning process.

Your suggestions
Design change Reason
New toucan crossing proposed on Leopold Street to facilitate pedestrian movements between Merton Road and Smethurst Lane via the existing railway footbridge. To promote connectivity and assist sustainable transport, offering improved routes to school on pedestrian desire lines.
Proposed toucan crossing at the junction of Brook Lane and Leopold Street. To facilitate pedestrian movements on the desire line from the existing Public Right of Way.
Realignment of Brook Lane with pedestrian island and right turn pockets added on the M58 Link Road. The realignment reduces environmental impact on Brook Lane, retaining trees that would’ve been affected. The pedestrian island assists two stage crossing on the link road for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to access Brook Lane, whilst the right turn pockets give protection to vehicles waiting to turn.
Enfield Street to remain open with one-way traffic flow away from its junction with Leopold Street (northwest bound). To reduce journey times, providing a more direct route to destinations.
Foundry Lane, at its junction with Billinge Road is to remain open, with left turn only for traffic. To reduce journey times, providing a more direct route to destinations, avoiding the traffic signals.
Cycle/pedestrian facility on the slip road connecting Orrell Road to the motorway junction has been removed from the proposals. An alternative route has been identified connecting Milton Grove to Shelley Drive. The alternative route provides improved value for money, with reduced impacts on the surrounding environment, reducing engineering works, whilst providing improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
Proposed connecting road between the link road and Foundry Lane has been moved away from designated public open space. To maintain aesthetics and public open space.

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