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Walk on!
Thursday 12th January, 2006

Walk on!
Special coloured ‘uplighters’ show off the attractive stone arch of the Grade 2 listed Pottery Road Bridge.

Major refurbishment works on Wigan Pier's canal towpath are nearing completion.

Improvements are being carried out as part of the exciting regeneration of the Wigan Pier area, which includes the refurbishment and redevelopment of the Trencherfield Mill site.

Historic stone setts near Trencherfield Mill works have been relayed, and new streetlights are in place along the towpath between the new Lion Bridge at Chapel Lane and Seven Stars Bridge at Wallgate.

The works have been carried out with the help of British Waterways, owners of the canal towpath. And, as part of the refurbishment scheme, British Waterways plan to repair the stone setts, timbers and railway tracks which represent the original Wigan Pier at the rear of the Pier Nightclub.

Councillor John O'Neill, Deputy Leader of Wigan Council and Chair of the Planning Committee, says: "The area is going to be much safer for walkers, cyclists and anybody else who uses the towpath. The development of Trencherfield Mill will bring a lot more people into the area and these improvements mean that people can move safely between the Pier Quarter and other attractions such as the JJB Stadium."

Funding for the scheme has been provided through the European Regional Development Fund and the Single Regeneration Budget.

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