Tyldesley road to remain closed until December

Hough Lane will remain closed until December

Hough Lane will remain closed until December

First published in News

A MAJOR road will remain closed as work on the guided busway continues in Tyldesley.

Hough Lane was due to be reopened later this month but Transport for Greater Manchester announced this week that it will remain closed to vehicles until December.

The road was closed in April to allow National Grid to replace the high pressure gas mains pipe next to the bridge and this work has now been completed.

But work to construct guided busway crossing points at key road junctions in Tyldesley will start this month and the alternative would be to reopen Hough Lane but using temporary traffic signals to control two-way traffic. according to TfGM.

This would mean that work would carry on for eight weeks longer - until February 2015 – then if work is carried out under an extended full closure.

The lane restrictions would have to remain in place over the Christmas period and would overlap with the start of construction for the Astley Street busway crossing point, meaning that a single lane contraflow would be in place on both junctions into February.

Peter Boulton, TfGM’s head of programme management services, said: “We fully appreciate that the continued closure of Hough Lane will be disappointing to residents and it is not a decision that has been taken lightly.

“We’ve chosen this option as it will be much less disruptive than partially reopening Hough Lane for a much longer period of time. Keeping a good flow of traffic on Manchester Road and Sale Lane was the key consideration in making this decision.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but assure residents that at every step of the project we are doing our best to minimise disruption.”

TfGM is now writing to residents to let them know.

Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, said: “I know some people may find the extended closure of Hough Lane frustrating. I’d ask residents to bear with us. Everything possible is being done to keep disruption to a minimum and this is the best option in the long-term.”

There will be a footway available at all times during the work, allowing pedestrians and dismounted cyclists to continue to use the route.

A full road closure will be required on Astley Street in January 2015 for approximately five months to enable construction of the busway crossing point.

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7:45am Thu 4 Sep 14

Joe_Ninety says...

This is absolutley ridiculous. The disruption to Tyldesley is completely unacceptable, with the extended closure of Hough Lane and then Astley Street shutting for 5 months. All for a hare-brained project that no one wants.
This is absolutley ridiculous. The disruption to Tyldesley is completely unacceptable, with the extended closure of Hough Lane and then Astley Street shutting for 5 months. All for a hare-brained project that no one wants. Joe_Ninety
  • Score: 6

8:18am Thu 4 Sep 14

Johnboy59 says...

Road fiasco.

How much more spin, or lies in real speak must the residents of Astley and Leigh put up with? It is time we took control and stop being taken for idiots.

Firstly we had the busway scheme forced upon us a scheme that has absolutely no support from the people who are expected to use it. Incidentally every other guided bus scheme has proved to be a white elephant and cost at least twice as much as a similar rail based scheme, and the Swindon system fell years behind schedule.

Then we had to endure all buses in this area being redirected to terminate in Leigh or Wigan, taking Bolton and the connection to the only descent rail link at Atherton away from residents.

Then in April Hough lane was closed for five months. Then its announced that this will now take until the New Year, and this may result in it being closed at the same time as Astley street. This means anyone trying to get North of Tyldesley will have to take a huge detour to get to their destination. On top of that the terrible A580 bus lane works, and the laughingly named M60/62 “smart motorway” works have virtually paralysed this area.

It has to be asked what fines and penalties are being charged to the contractors for their incompetence, after all, their press release exposes serious flaws in the project planning, and it is clear they are fit to fulfil the contract they have undertaken. To say they hadn’t realised how complex the job was, or that it is more convenient to keep a road closed twice as long as planned than effect a partial reopening is just totally unbelievable. On top of that I find it interesting that not all the site crossing points have safety marshals any more, and on Monday 1st September the crossings in Gin Pit woods had huge trucks speeding up an down, with no safety controls, on the week when the schools return.

If the councillors involved had any decency they would sack the officials who caused this, both at Wigan Council and at Transport for Greater Manchester, and resign themselves, clearly everyone involved with this project should be removed. Leigh needs a tram link. We have been to accept a non-green second rate alternative, which uses single unit diesel fume polluting vehicles that will damage the environment, meaning the disturbed wildlife will not return, along the old loop line.

It is time for voters to put aside party allegiances and put up independent candidates who can stop this white elephant before it gets commissioned, we need councillors who really care about the area, and who will not force unwanted projects on the borough. Perhaps as has been muted in Atherton we need a more local authority as we had before 1973. What we don’t need is a self serving money wasting council like we have at present.

John Stirzaker
Road fiasco. How much more spin, or lies in real speak must the residents of Astley and Leigh put up with? It is time we took control and stop being taken for idiots. Firstly we had the busway scheme forced upon us a scheme that has absolutely no support from the people who are expected to use it. Incidentally every other guided bus scheme has proved to be a white elephant and cost at least twice as much as a similar rail based scheme, and the Swindon system fell years behind schedule. Then we had to endure all buses in this area being redirected to terminate in Leigh or Wigan, taking Bolton and the connection to the only descent rail link at Atherton away from residents. Then in April Hough lane was closed for five months. Then its announced that this will now take until the New Year, and this may result in it being closed at the same time as Astley street. This means anyone trying to get North of Tyldesley will have to take a huge detour to get to their destination. On top of that the terrible A580 bus lane works, and the laughingly named M60/62 “smart motorway” works have virtually paralysed this area. It has to be asked what fines and penalties are being charged to the contractors for their incompetence, after all, their press release exposes serious flaws in the project planning, and it is clear they are fit to fulfil the contract they have undertaken. To say they hadn’t realised how complex the job was, or that it is more convenient to keep a road closed twice as long as planned than effect a partial reopening is just totally unbelievable. On top of that I find it interesting that not all the site crossing points have safety marshals any more, and on Monday 1st September the crossings in Gin Pit woods had huge trucks speeding up an down, with no safety controls, on the week when the schools return. If the councillors involved had any decency they would sack the officials who caused this, both at Wigan Council and at Transport for Greater Manchester, and resign themselves, clearly everyone involved with this project should be removed. Leigh needs a tram link. We have been to accept a non-green second rate alternative, which uses single unit diesel fume polluting vehicles that will damage the environment, meaning the disturbed wildlife will not return, along the old loop line. It is time for voters to put aside party allegiances and put up independent candidates who can stop this white elephant before it gets commissioned, we need councillors who really care about the area, and who will not force unwanted projects on the borough. Perhaps as has been muted in Atherton we need a more local authority as we had before 1973. What we don’t need is a self serving money wasting council like we have at present. John Stirzaker Johnboy59
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Thu 4 Sep 14

chrisl300 says...

We used to have regular buses to Manchester that went to Wigan and Liverpool in the old LUT days. Every half hour to Manchester, and every hour to Liverpool or Wigan the other way. They took a direct route to Manchester. There was also an Express service that had less stops on the way to Manchester.

Presumably these no longer run because there isn't the demand, and there won't be for the guided busway. We were promised that wildlife would be protected, then they chopped down 50+ year old mature trees, shredded them and scraped off all the topsoil and carted it way in lorries. What was a pleasant, much used walk is now a wasteland.

Lord Peter Smith, said: “I know some people may find the extended closure of Hough Lane frustrating.", he might have added "but its a long way from Wigan Town Centre so we don't really care.

Even if the busway is a success, it will only take workers and shoppers away from Tyldesley, we've already had to put up with the mad road narrowing scheme and plethora of crossings and speed humps.
We used to have regular buses to Manchester that went to Wigan and Liverpool in the old LUT days. Every half hour to Manchester, and every hour to Liverpool or Wigan the other way. They took a direct route to Manchester. There was also an Express service that had less stops on the way to Manchester. Presumably these no longer run because there isn't the demand, and there won't be for the guided busway. We were promised that wildlife would be protected, then they chopped down 50+ year old mature trees, shredded them and scraped off all the topsoil and carted it way in lorries. What was a pleasant, much used walk is now a wasteland. Lord Peter Smith, said: “I know some people may find the extended closure of Hough Lane frustrating.", he might have added "but its a long way from Wigan Town Centre so we don't really care. Even if the busway is a success, it will only take workers and shoppers away from Tyldesley, we've already had to put up with the mad road narrowing scheme and plethora of crossings and speed humps. chrisl300
  • Score: 2

12:24am Fri 5 Sep 14

iwilliams1989 says...

Can I just ask if this has been thought of by the council or tfgm? The remembrance parade in November, what's going to happen??? Obviously it's an important year with 100years since ww1?????!!
Can I just ask if this has been thought of by the council or tfgm? The remembrance parade in November, what's going to happen??? Obviously it's an important year with 100years since ww1?????!! iwilliams1989
  • Score: 0
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