Monday, 22 July 2013

Busy Junction to benefit from safer design

Ray Donnelly & Ian Lovatt join Clive & Paul
at the roundabout
Our calls for the removal of a dangerous roundabout at the junction of Clapgate Lane and Highfield Grange Ave has secured support from Council Highway Chiefs as contractors commence work this week to re-engineer the busy section of road.

The works will remove the mini-roundabout improving sight lines and will also see a stretch of Highfield Grange Ave re-surfaced (Jupiter Grove to Garside Grove) along with an upgraded pedestrian refuge close to Jupiter Grove.

Highway Chiefs acknowledge that the current road configuration restricted driver views emerging from Clapgate Lane and that the road had also deteriorated as a result of wear and tear.

Cllr Clive Morgan was joined by Cllr Paul Kenny, local resident and safety campaigner Ray Donnelly and Ian Lovatt, Area Traffic Engineer of Wigan Council to oversee the start of the works.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “This junction was no longer fit for purpose and created a safety issue for vehicles emerging from Clapgate Lane. By installing a T-junction with improved sightlines the road will be made safer for road users.”

“I am also pleased that a safer pedestrian refuge will be incorporated into the works and that resurfacing work will also take place at the top of Highfield Grange Ave at the junction with Holmes House Avenue.”

Highfield Grange Ave has been subject to gas pipeline work earlier this year which caused disruption and Cllr Kenny is asking residents to remain patient as the outcome will be a safer road and an improved road surface.

Cllr Paul Kenny said, “We know that the recent gas pipeline works have been a disruption for residents, but we cannot overlook the fact that the works will deliver a safer road for pedestrians and road users and has been timetabled over the summer period when local schools are closed and congestion is reduced.”

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