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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 20th May, 2021)

Ormskirk Road

Ormskirk Road
Down the hill from Pemberton.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 20th May 2021 at 07:14

Lovely cycle track runs down Ormskirk road, but its always blocked by vehicles illegally parked up, just like the one you can see in the photo.
Another hazard cyclist and pedestrians who are using it need to watch out for are motorist coming out of the side roads from the Worsley hall council estate who don't know that they have to give way the cyclist and pedestrians at road junction, that why they have painted the road surface GREEN at these points.

Comment by: Edna on 20th May 2021 at 09:07

Very busy road this. In the late 60s I walked from Bell Lane Kitt Green into Wigan, and up Scholes, with my niece in the pram..Are you on the bus Dennis.Good photo.

Comment by: Michael Gormally on 20th May 2021 at 09:26

Trying to work out which bit of Ormskirk Road this is. Is the Carnegie library just behind the camera?

Comment by: Veronica on 20th May 2021 at 09:33

Triggers memories of Sunday afternoon visiting Grandad. Also Valley Road reminds me of going to see some pigs kept by people who lived down there in very old property. Probably long gone by now. You do get around with your bus pass Dennis , making full use of it.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 20th May 2021 at 09:33

Yes, I was on the bus Edna. Upstairs on the front seat is a great place to take pictures. There aren’t that many double decker buses running from Wigan though.

Comment by: Anne on 20th May 2021 at 09:44

Where the cyclists are is Heather Grove.
Done it well again Dennis.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 20th May 2021 at 10:07

I have been along here in the car although it's not a part of Wigan I know well, but I like the photo very much. I like the terraced homes and the "bustle" of it and what appears to be a figure of a butcher outside a shop on the left. A bit of sunshine makes all the difference too!

Comment by: Mick LD on 20th May 2021 at 10:08

Michael Gormally - between Carnegie and Union Bridge.
The cyclists are coming out of Almond Grove.

Comment by: PeterP on 20th May 2021 at 10:16

Another illegal E scooter being used. Could never understand why there are no side barriers near the bus stops to stop cyclists running into some one getting off a bus? In this shot at least they have placed a bin near the bus stop

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 20th May 2021 at 10:25

I like the upper deck perspective of your photos Dennis, another good shot. How busy are the busses ?

Comment by: Anne on 20th May 2021 at 11:39

Sorry, Almond grove.

Comment by: Angela on 20th May 2021 at 12:20

White building at the top of the picture is the chemist opposite the old Plessey works

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 20th May 2021 at 12:54

Veronica, before this recent unpleasantness I used my bus pass to get all over Lancashire, Yorkshire and into Cheshire. With a combination of train and bus you can get almost anywhere for very little cost. I do have a car, but you don’t see much when you have to concentrate on driving.
I hope that we soon get back to normal so that I can get back on the rails again.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 20th May 2021 at 12:59

Standisher, the buses seem to be picking up now that more people are getting back to work.

Comment by: Michael Gormally on 20th May 2021 at 13:09

Thanks, Anne, Angela and Mick LD. 45 years since I lived in Wigan but I wasn't too far out!

Comment by: Rainh on 20th May 2021 at 13:17

Really like your on the bus pictures Dennis . Thank you for posting .
I used to live in Pem so been up and down here
many times .

Comment by: Eddie Eddie on 20th May 2021 at 14:08

I think we see enough traffic jams without
Photos of them.

Comment by: daveo18 on 20th May 2021 at 17:56

Eddie - there are no traffic jams in this photo; just traffic flowing freely and vehicles parked in an area where road markings make provision for that.

Comment by: Mick on 20th May 2021 at 18:52

Peter P best way to stop cyclists running into some one getting off a bus is for the person getting off the bus to pay attention and look left and right just like you would do when crossing a road, by doing this it could save you from stepping out in front of another pedestrian or wheelchair user

Comment by: Veronica on 20th May 2021 at 20:39

Dennis when I first got my pass , I went to a few outward bound places i. e Clitheroe, Ramsbottom, Hebden Bridge the list goes on. But the worst one was on the bus to Southport - and once was enough! I don't know how I got of the bus as I was bent double and my head felt as if it belonged to somebody else with the to -ing and fro- ing it got going round the roundabouts!
I managed to cross Lord St had a cup of tea and went straight to the station and home. It took more than 2 hours to get there. Never again! I would much rather go on the train.

Comment by: Pat McC on 20th May 2021 at 21:43

I worked in Plessey (leisure shift 6 - 10) when our children were young. Only ever having worked in offices, this was a new experience. I never got the hang of soldering wires or piece work, and my bin was full of rejects. I gave my notice in after three months - I think they were rightly glad to get rid of me. The walk home to Winstanley at the end of the shift wasn't something I looked forward to either.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 20th May 2021 at 22:00

Veronica, I have done that trip to Southport and you’re right, it is pretty mind numbing. And your mind is not the only thing that is numb by the time you get there!
Like you I bit the bullet and bought a ticket back on the train.
My thoughts go out to the poor old bus driver.

Comment by: Mick on 20th May 2021 at 22:17

It would be no problem for the bus driver because they have comfortable seats and because they are driving the bus they can see the twists and turns in the road coming up so they can be ready for them.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th May 2021 at 22:34

There's was a couple with a dog, it was lying on the floor and the poor thing was whining all the way - no wonder. I suppose if you are driving the bus it mustn't affect you the same. It's not a very scenic route either Dennis, it was the same going to Ormskirk, I think that was about half way. I should have got off there instead of keeping on. Having said that loads of people do the journey. They must be hardened to it that's all.

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