Wigan Council have revamped their regular plan to tell us that we should abandon our cars and announced, via their publicity department, aka The Wigan Reporter, that they want to consult us on the traffic plans.
This was my contribution to the relevant Wigan Today forum:
Anyone checked out
for the consultation document?
It’s entitled “wigan on the move” (I wonder if the council planners understand irony).
It tells you what they are going to do.
You are merely invited to agree with it.
Here’s a summary:
More bus lanes…. encourage people to walk into town….more cycle routes….. Park and ride schemes (usually means reduced and more expensive car parking)…. more yellow lines….no money for local congestion in places like Platt Street…….
The consultation will have little impact as they do not want to use the alternative, which is to widen roads and open up links that have been blocked.
The excuse is that there is no money, yet, at the same time they are going to build a new transport hub etc. I.e.all the things that they intended to spend money on during the Congestion Charge Campaign.
These are things that can only be planned for, once prices and contracts have already been agreed with the relevant private construction groups.
They will have already spent millions on getting to this stage and will not drop the schemes just because we think they are a waste of resources and want to keep our cars.