New link road proposed at Chequerbent

Proposed new link road
Proposed new link road

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.”

Do you think it will ever happen? Will it be enough to bring relief to our roads? Share your views by commenting below.

One comment

  1. It seams that every one forgets about road tax .or should we call it environment tax.new cars cause the same damage to our roads and use the space on them .yet for free or a modest tax of thirty pounds .every vehicle should contribute I have two classic cars and would be happy to pay something. Thousands are lost each year as a result of this just to sell the damage things .
    Thanks John

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