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Bigger Better Bus Lanes
Friday 16th September, 2005

Plans to increase the hours of the southbound bus lanes on Wigan Road and Wigan Lane have been given the green light.

Currently the bus lane regulations only apply at peak times on weekdays. But from Friday October 7 the bus lanes will be in operation from 7am until 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

Transport Engineer Peter Wickett said: "We are committed to improving public transport in the borough. Simplifying and extending the times buses can move freely into Wigan will help boost their use and make it easier for motorists to know how to drive safely on Wigan Road and Wigan Lane."

Since the bus lanes were introduced two years ago, there has been a 29 per cent reduction in the number of recorded injury accidents on the route.

The plan to extend the hours of operation was advertised at a meeting of Wigan's Traffic Management Unit - a group of transport planners, the emergency services, and the transport executive - and received no objections.

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