Proposals set to boost pedestrians and cyclists

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CYCLISTS and pedestrians are set to reap the benefits of a Government grant – and residents are being asked how the money should be spent.

Wigan Council has been given £500,000 by Westminster to encourage more people in Leigh to walk or travel on two wheels.

Proposals include creating new cycle lanes, widening footpaths, improving the road surface on quiet streets to make cycling easier and dropping kerbs.

Other ideas mooted include allowing two-way cycling on some quiet one-way streets and altering traffic lights allowing cyclists to cross the road as well as pedestrians.

The authority hopes to encourage more walking and cycling through the town centre and to sites such as the infirmary, the Leigh Sports Village (LSV), Wigan and Leigh College’s sites and retail parks.

The proposals can be viewed or commented on throughout July at Leigh Library, the LSV, Leigh Infirmary, the college image centre or online at www.wigan.gov.uk