|Roundabout Plan will bring relief on A49
Cllrs Holland and Morgan pictured at the roundabout looking at design plans for the traffic hotspot.
An ambitious plan to relieve congestion and aid traffic flows on one of the busiest road corridors in the Borough have been welcomed by ward councillors.
A £1.1million bid to the Dept for Transport, if approved, will see the Marus Bridge Roundabout removed and a traffic light management system put in its place with dedicated lanes to assist traffic flows. If successful, work could commence on design and consultation as soon as this summer. A decision is expected by the end of this month.
Both Poolstock Lane and Highfield Grange Ave suffer from congestion at peak periods with tailbacks often stretching for hundreds of metres and along the A49 traffic is backed up to the M6 junction and ward councillors believe that the option identified by council highway chiefs will assist in keeping traffic moving as well as improving access to and from arterial routes into Hawkley Hall and Winstanley.
Winstanley’s Cllr Clive Morgan said:
“We have seen a number of new houses built in Winstanley in recent years and this has brought more cars onto the local road network creating tailbacks along Highfield Grange Ave and rat runs through the local estate. The current roundabout restricts traffic flow and is no longer fit for purpose.”
“I would also like to see the right turn from the A49 into Clapgate Lane re-introduced and I will continue to lobby for this.”
“We now need the Dept for Transport to give the green light!”
Worsley Mesnes Cllr Lynne Holland said:
“Poolstock Lane is at breaking point and along with plans for the bypass as part of the Westwood development this proposal will bring relief to long suffering residents.”
The current roundabout has a number of features that would be retained as part of the re-design and located close to the existing roundabout. Cllr Holland has welcomed the retention of these features as part of a wider landscaping package of works.
Cllr Holland added:
“It is important that we maintain the features of the current roundabout and I am pleased that plans I have seen will retain these features albeit in a different setting as part of landscaping works.”