Monday morning queue on the M6 at Orrell, pity the poor souls who have this to endure every day.
Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 15th March 2016 at 00:06
I used to live next to the M6 in Orrell. No traffic jambs where I live now !
Comment by Julie Bateman on 15th March 2016 at 08:14
Nice scenery Walt from north Yorkshire if you come on the website today I was just wondering you said that you came from aspull and you used to go in the running horses pub I am wondering if yoy used to know my granddad walter Bateman he used to go on in the 60s and 70s with a dog called taffy he used to wear a trilby hat he used to live on st marys road.
Comment by Vb on 15th March 2016 at 08:40
Glad I don't drive anymore (or go to work for that matter) done my wack!
Comment by Johnny on 15th March 2016 at 10:18
I remember when the M6 was built at Orrell and as lads used to gather on the bridge on Ormskirk Road to watch the sparse traffic go by! My old firm Tarmac, based in Bryn, used to do maintainance work on it! Its the age of consumerism by the amount of lorries! Good pic Rev Dave!
Comment by Mick on 15th March 2016 at 12:16
In a few more years you wont be able to see the Billinge Lump because of all them newly planted trees, you cant Ashurst Beacon now because of trees now
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th March 2016 at 13:19
Where did you take photo, Rev.David?
That will be Billinge Beacon on the skyline. See:-
Alan (on Vancouver Island); You raised a laugh, it`s a traffic jam (there`s a door jamb).
Comment by Carolaen on 15th March 2016 at 14:43
Although I haven't lived in Wigan for 40 years in the late 1980s I worked for 5 years for a Government Department in the centre of Leeds above the main railway station. One of my colleagues there was a certain Gwynn Rowlands (lovely chap) who lived off Wigan Lave. He used to commute everyday over the M62 and back.
One day he got in very late and told us his story which was that he was driving his Austin Princess on the M62 and a police car flagged him down. He knew he wasn't speeding so was bemused why he was being pulled over. When he stopped the woman police officer asked him to get out urgently - which he did - because she had been driving behind him and noticed flames coming from the bottom of the car. As Gwynn - who was by then a safe distance from the car with the police lady- then said " At this point the car blew up" and he got a lift into Leeds with the police. The joys of commuting eh? certainly a very lucky escape.
Comment by Garry (Wigan uk) on 15th March 2016 at 16:42
There's traffic jams all over the world.
Comment by Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 15th March 2016 at 18:25
Thanks Ernest.......I must have hit my head on the door jamb when I went into my computer room. You deserve a jam butty for that correction.
Comment by Rev David Longv on 15th March 2016 at 19:01
Ernest - it was taken from the upstairs of my house in Standish.
Comment by Pat on 15th March 2016 at 19:11
I had good reason to be thankful for a traffic holdup at Orrell. Years ago my husband left for work and minutes later I realised he'd gone without his wallet. I jumped into the car and drove after him, thinking I'd have a cat's hope of catching up with him. Luckily there was a buildup of traffic waiting to get onto the slip road at Orrell so I left the car in the queue and ran down the line of traffic (still in my dressing gown) - needless to say I was very grateful for the traffic holdup that day!
Comment by Vb on 15th March 2016 at 20:29
I wonder if Gwynn believed in Guardian Angels Carolaen - he was certainly watched over by someone or something! I have had one or two coincidences happen out of the blue when help was needed ....or is it the kindness of strangers?!!!
Comment by Lizziedownunder on 15th March 2016 at 20:32
The good old M6 ...remember it being built..great fun watching the cars zoom under the bridge by Mossey Lea road...great photo...cheers!!
Comment by Jonno on 15th March 2016 at 21:23
It's probably from Rev David's back bedroom window Ernest, unless he's got the scaffolding up again.
Comment by Ernest Pyke on 15th March 2016 at 22:10
Thanks Rev.David. I wondered if you`d been on top of St. Wilfrid`s again!
Mick; have seen your video taken on the Interislander ferry. On my trip to NZ I was in the operations room, which is above the engine room, of the ferry Arahura on approaching the South Island, so didn`t get to see what you did.
Comment by Sam,h on 16th March 2016 at 09:48
I heard on radio manchester,breakfast show this morning,that london was now the most congested city in the world, and that manchester was second.they must be bad if they are worse than places like Athens.i don't seem to get any pleasure out of driving these days it's tedious and boring to say the least.
Comment by Johnny on 16th March 2016 at 10:26
Glad you were able to give your hubby his wallet....minus a few quid of course :-)
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