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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 19th January, 2024)

Sunday of chaos

Sunday of chaos
Busy scene at Standish cross roads as Market Street is resurfaced.

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
Views: 1,808

Comment by: Ex Speed Cop on 19th January 2024 at 06:29

If they knocked down Winnards estate agent building it would be possible to squeeze in a roundabout and do away with the traffic lights.

Comment by: Sue on 19th January 2024 at 06:36

When I was a teenager I would visit my auntie Nora who lived on school Lane, and I remember me and my cousin would go to Farrimonds chippy that was near to the doctors and the Globe pub.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 19th January 2024 at 07:37

Yes, a busy scene....at least something is being mended for a change & not destroyed !
Beautiful blue sky, bet it was a cold & starry night the day this pic was taken.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th January 2024 at 07:41

Roof closures in Standish are not uncommon I Standish for the last few years particularly at weekends, we had two years of this on Preston Road. This section on Market Street, Market Place and Rectory lane on current weekends is for resurfacing and the installation of lights at the crossing to McRobs and when finished will be much safer than the old Zebra crossing.
The number of times I have nearly been run over on that crossing in the past (drivers on mobile phones) is countless!

Comment by: T on 19th January 2024 at 07:43

Inconvenient but necessary work, sadly taking a weekend longer than anticipated. On the plus side, a beautiful blue sky on a crisp cold winters day.

Comment by: Garry on 19th January 2024 at 09:03

My sympathy to all drivers, one of the most busiest junctions in Wigan. Even on Sunday.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 19th January 2024 at 09:15

Garry, it’s in Standish. Too much Sherry?

Comment by: Veronica on 19th January 2024 at 09:16

Especially in Summer driving to Southport. That’s the way I always went coming through Haigh etc. it just gets worse and worse I’m glad I don’t drive anymore.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th January 2024 at 09:37

I meant Road closures, not Roof closures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by: Tom on 19th January 2024 at 09:45

Pedestrians don't know how to use road crossings, highway code says
to stand next to the crossing and wait for the traffic. to stop.
On this crossing a lot of its users walk diagonally across from the pub to the betting shop,

Comment by: DTease on 19th January 2024 at 09:55

I can remember when you could cross the road here….you needed to be faster than Speedy Gonzales but it was possible.
I remember once seeing a white haired old man with a stick standing in the middle of the road here and berating each lane of traffic in turn while waving his stick in the air. Amazingly, he survived!!!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th January 2024 at 10:04

Having been out for most of yesterday afternoon taking pictures to post and getting an update from those in Wigan in the know on the redevelopment plans for Wigan, I have just reviewed the comments on yesterdays picture.
The number of views is quite irrelevant, it is the picture and its content that counts and the number of comments made. These usually generate many more views as people look to see what has been said and respond accordingly.
Those who actually spend their time and effort walking the streets and countryside take pictures and upload and those Wigan Worlders who post interesting, informative, and sometimes humorous comments should not be the subject of snide remarks by those who wake up every morning eager to see what is posted, thinking what shall I complain about today.
I constantly request that alternative views are expressed in a polite way, this daily denigration of individuals sometimes using false names is for me getting a little tiresome.

Comment by: Roy on 19th January 2024 at 10:09

Ex Speed Cop a roundabout would NOT be feasible, where would people cross the road ? Crossing points would have to be at least 100yds from the roundabout on all the four sections of road / street to allow traffic to exit from the roundabout. For example if you wanted to walk to Aldi from say Grove lane you would have to walk up High St to about the Drs, cross the road the road there then when you got to 'your' roundabout walk up School Lane to say McAvoy's gunsmiths to cross School Lane and then walk down to Aldi and when you had finished shopping do it all again in reverse.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 19th January 2024 at 10:31

What Standish really needs is a by-pass. I know that one has been talked about for years, but all the house building that has and still is taking place in Standish puts a massive strain on this bottle-neck of a junction.

Comment by: Standish Girl on 19th January 2024 at 11:11

I must say I agree with you Colin , the daily denigration of individuals using false names is for me getting a little tiresome.
Ive also noted for some time that Mick takes a lot of stick over his photos and spelling mistakes and I must say it's mostly from the female members of Wiganworld.
But having said that, I also find it unusual that all of a sudden some photos are getting far more views than others.

Comment by: Ex Speed Cop on 19th January 2024 at 11:18

Roy, Ive not looked into it in detail, but I have seen how they do it in Japan and thats stop all the traffic lanes and then let the pedestrians on all four lanes cross.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 19th January 2024 at 11:42

Mick , as Blackadder would have said , ' you have as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a polar bears only golf club ' .

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 19th January 2024 at 11:47

Standish Girl I do agree, I note that most of mine do get a lot of views and comments.
I have a extensive email list of friends and former colleagues in the UK and around the world, when I see one of my pictures up I drop them a line and they view and send me a email back. I have asked why the don’t post their comments and you can probably guess why!
This would not account for the numbers, I just assume it’s the photo, content matter and the interest shown.
I will stop emailing my contacts to see if this diminishes the numbers, perhaps less views will satisfy. Failing that I will stop posting pictures and find another outlet then everyone can be happy.

Comment by: Garry on 19th January 2024 at 11:54

Yes of course Standish, sorry George (Hindley).

Comment by: Veronica on 19th January 2024 at 12:30

Dick Dastardly you never fail to make me chuckle.

Comment by: DTease on 19th January 2024 at 13:11

Sounds like a plan Colin.

Comment by: from where I see it on 19th January 2024 at 13:50

Mr Dastardly, you mean like in Allo Allo with "psst it is I Leclerc."
Strange that Ex Slow Cop is oblivious to those motorists who are far too busy keeping eyes on mobile phones rather than the road, and able to see those pedestrians on zebra crossings. Many places would definitely benefit from a bypass Mr Cheetham, though from where or from whom would the outlay in order to build such extraneous arterials originate. Some of the comments made under pseudonyms are quite humorous, whilst some as already pointed out are far from it and quite inappropriate, and Mr Garry I would say you hadn't anything to apologise for because your comment was pleasant and acceptable, though as we all know there is always one hypercritic sat on the fence waiting to pounce and belittle.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 19th January 2024 at 15:08

Colin I would never make snide remarks about any photos that appear on here and I like yourself and most other people on here treat people with respect as life is far to short,a smile is far better than snide remarks keep busy that’s my motto.

Comment by: PeterP on 19th January 2024 at 15:47

Colin keep posting and ignore the idiot posters

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 19th January 2024 at 17:38

Keep 'em coming Colin, don't let them drive you away. That happens and they've won. They did the same with Dave Oy a few years ago and the site is a poorer place without his excellent photographs. So crack on mate, I can't wait to see pt 3 of the Galleries destruction photos. A good photo today Rev, they should reinstate the setts in front of the church from the Bull to the Parrish Car Park.

Comment by: Cyril on 19th January 2024 at 17:38

Good action photo David with plenty of blue sky, and there's still a good covering of frost on the roof to the right so a cold morning walk.
I know what they now use to paint the lines etc., on the roads has changed from what they once used, and doesn't seem to last as long as it once did, though more traffic being on the roads and wearing it down quicker could be part of the cause, but also the road tarmac doesn't have the strong tarry smell as it once did especially from those tar boilers, unless the smell receptors in my schnoz have become less receptive.

Colin, you've posted some excellent photos and I and many more folks too I'm sure will be looking forward to seeing your other photos taken from around town. There's always been the nit pickers and negative commenters on Photos of the Day and also the photos on the Album, best is don't let them get to you, they are just not worth it, and it really riles them when you do ignore them and carry on.

Comment by: e on 19th January 2024 at 18:09

I am not a box
my mind it burns to run
I want hear the birds sing
not a few ,
but everyone
I want hear their voices
I want to hear their view
I want to feel their everything
the good , the bad the new
I want to see their sunshine
as much to feel their rain
I want to be beside them
in mind and feel their pain
But what I want forever
is a voice that’s truly free
without all bars or fences
to sail as it should be .,.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 19th January 2024 at 18:09

These comments pretending to be from me are as false as a lot of the viewers of WW.
I cant believe this photo of Standish as been on here all day and its not brought any memories back to Irene of her time working in the local chemist.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 19th January 2024 at 19:26

You can't move around that junction as a pedestrian without having to stand for ages whilst the traffic takes precedence. You're even stopped halfway across School Lane and Preston Road - so it takes ages to do a right-angle crossing. If they stopped all the traffic at one go, you could walk diagonally across the junction, as well as cross the particular road in front of you.
But doubtless bringing that into effect would be an attack upon the motorists.... And we can't have that, can we?
The Police could make a bomb checking on drivers using their mobiles whilst queuing at these lights.... But that would be a vendetta against motorists....

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 19th January 2024 at 21:09

That's how they do it Japan Rev. Ive used them and it works.

Comment by: Dave on 19th January 2024 at 21:28

Ring a ring a roses was never like this ! We sat on the kerb under a gas lamp and just was ! Now we chase something society tells us we must be or else ! Not my world , I promise you !

Comment by: Edna on 19th January 2024 at 21:32

Rise above it Colin, keep sending your photos in, a lot of people like them. At least they give everyone food for thought.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 19th January 2024 at 22:06

Veronica that’s the way I always go to Southport over Parbold and always told the grandkids to look for the deer’s just before the roundabout on the left after leaving Parbold but don’t see them now they were fenced in not wild.

Comment by: Pru on 19th January 2024 at 23:13

Colin this site is a better place for your photos, please keep them coming.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th January 2024 at 14:26

Dave & Mick, forget Japan as it happens in Wigan, the Greenough Street/Schofield Lane/Scholes junction has linked Puffin Crossings on each road, so that if any one of the pedestrian crossing buttons is pressed then all the traffic on any road approaching the junction is stopped, say even if only one person wants to cross a road, when they press the button at their side then all the traffic on any road approaching the junction comes to a stop, so should make crossing a lot safer - though those Death Wish drivers still ignore the stop lights at times.
If there is one of those crossings installed there, then surely one could be installed at this Standish junction, but as you said about upsetting drivers Dave, maybe a few of the highways planners use that junction and would hate having to be held up for a few seconds more.

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