|Safety First in Higher Ince
Wigan Council’s head of highways and traffic management Mark Tilley, local ward members Cllrs James Moodie and David Molyneux (deputy leader and environment champion) at the busy junction in Higher Ince.
Transport planners have announced improvements to the traffic lights at Ince Bar, on one of the busiest roads on the approaches to Wigan town centre.
From 29 March, there will be a new lighting arrangement which will allow extra vehicle flow and keep the busy junction safe for all road users.
Announcing the £50,000 project, the council’s environment champion, Cllr David Molyneux says: “This is good news for users of the A577 through Higher Ince, and for those people accessing routes off Humphrey Street and Ince Green Lane. New technology being invested means that the junction should be able to safely handle around 25 per cent more traffic”.
There are currently separate lighting stages for Humphrey Street and Ince Green Lane. From the end of March, there will be a yellow box junction and the two will operate together, guided by new computer sensors which will monitor queues and change the signal timings to accommodate them.
There will be plenty of signs warning of the changes and new road markings as well.
Cllr Molyneux adds: “This is a good scheme for Ince, but regulars may take a little time to get used to the new traffic flows. Please be extra careful as people adjust.”
The computer sensing equipment which detects and responds to real time traffic flows is also being installed on the Makerfield Way junction, ensuring better access for drivers along the A577 and to the supermarket and household waste recycling centre.