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Proposals have been outlined for a new link road between the Orrell Interchange and Westhoughton’s Chequerbent roundabout – the old A5225 relief road – in a report commissioned by the Department for Transport.

Westhoughton residents are concerned about increasing levels of traffic on the town’s roads and the threat of thousands of more cars if new housing developments get the go-ahead.

But they should also be sceptical about whether this new relief road will ever happen.

Westhoughton councillor David Wilkinson said: “This scheme was first proposed in the 1980s and then it was scrapped by the Tories in the 1980s. There are no details proposals yet, so it remains to be seen whether it will ever happen. I wouldn’t hold my breath.”

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