Thursday, 7 November 2013

£1million road scheme gets green light

Cllr Lynne Holland & Clive check out
 the design plans for consultation
An ambitious plan to relieve congestion and aid traffic flows on one of the busiest road corridors in the Borough have been welcomed by ward councillors.

The Marus Bridge Roundabout will be removed and a traffic light management system put in its place with dedicated lanes to assist traffic flows. Work is scheduled to commence in the summer of next year to allow for scheme design and consultation.

Both Poolstock Lane and Highfield Grange Ave suffer from congestion at peak periods with tailbacks often stretching for hundreds of metres and along the A49 traffic is backed up to the M6 junction and ward councillors believe that the option identified by council highway chiefs will assist in keeping traffic moving as well as improving access to and from arterial routes into Hawkley Hall and Winstanley.

Cllr Clive Morgan said, “We have seen a number of new houses built in Winstanley in recent years and this has brought more cars onto the local road network creating tailbacks along Highfield Grange Ave and rat runs through the local estate. The current roundabout restricts traffic flow and is no longer fit for purpose.”

Worsley Mesnes Cllr Lynne Holland said, “Poolstock Lane is at breaking point and along with plans for the bypass as part of the Westwood development this proposal will bring relief to long suffering residents.”

“I hope that road users and local residents will take the time to look at the proposal and give their views to help us design a scheme that best uses the resources secured to deliver the scheme.”

The current roundabout has a number of features that would be retained as part of the re-design and located close to the existing roundabout. Clive has welcomed the retention of these features as part of a wider landscaping package of works.

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