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The crossroad at Lowton with St Luke's Church and the Ram's Head in view. Taken March 2023.

Major roadworks delayed after public outcry

12 weeks of works had been scheduled to begin on 3 April - but will now be put back to July.

by Editor

Gas main replacement works are set to disrupt traffic on one of Lowton’s busiest junctions for three months – but it has now been confirmed that the start date has been delayed.

The works are to be carried out by Cadent, affecting the Slag Lane / Church Lane crossroads by St Luke’s Church and the Co-op.

The works were due to begin on Monday, 3 April and last for 12 weeks – but thanks to intervention from local councillors and Wigan Council itself, it has been confirmed that they will now be moved to July, to be timed with school summer holidays.

Writing on Facebook today, local councillors Yvonne Klieve, Susan Gambles and Gena Merrett from Golborne and Lowton West Ward, confirmed that Cadent had now agreed to move the start date for the works to a time when traffic is likely to be reduced.

The post said: “We have been negotiating since last Thursday and would like to thank our officers for the work they have undertaken on all our behalf to have the Cadent gas pipe work postponed until the summer. We have just received this email to confirm it.”

In the email, Cadent said they are now working on a “revised schedule” and that it “looks likely” the work will commence in July, at the start of the school summer holiday period.

What do the planned works involve?

The work is neccessary to upgrade the ageing gas mains which serve local homes – so whilst the work is inconvenient, it is essential. The new pipes will also have less impact on the environment than the older ones they will replace.

But there’s no doubt it will have a knock on effect for people travelling to school and work, and on the congestion on surrounding routes too.

Slag Lane in Lowton

The works will affect people travelling along Slag Lane, or parents dropping off at Lowton West School

What will happen, and which roads are affected?

Cadent originally said they planned to start work down the odd numbered side of Slag Lane up to The Grove, then cross over to the even numbered side and begin work from Laurel Grove down to no 184.

They will then work their way down The Grove, Braithwaite Road and finish off on Grampian Way and Cleveland Drive. Traffic management will move with the work.

The permanent traffic lights at the junction of Church Lane and Slag Lane will be turned off for the initial phase of the work, with temporary traffic lights put in their place.

Parking will be restricted during the works, so parents dropping off at Lowton West school will need to plan ahead, parking slightly further away or walking if possible.

Some bus stops may be suspended whilst the works are carried out, and some footpaths closed too. Alternative stops and routes will be signed.

More information about the work and what is being done is available on Cadent’s website.

Anyone with questions or concerns can call Cadent on 0800 090 3071 or email CustomerCareNW@cadentgas.com.


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