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Controversy over new station within Wigan borough
2:39pm Tuesday 18th October 2011 in Glazebury
RESIDENTS in north Warrington are being treated with contempt by plans for a new station within Wigan borough, according to a Warrington MP.
Wigan Borough Council is looking to build a new station to serve Leigh with a study under way with transport bosses in Greater Manchester.
Some of the sites under consideration are in Warrington North, including Kenyon Junction and Glazebury.
Helen Jones MP said: “Residents will have different views on these sites but the important point is that they have to be consulted.
“There are serious issues about traffic congestion and the impact on the green belt as well as transport accessibility to be considered.
“Yet when I tried to get information from Wigan Borough Council, they gave a very poor response to my freedom of information request, missing out e-mails which I know exist and details of meetings I know have taken place.
“Wigan Borough Council should stop trying to plant its flag in Warrington. They are as bad at recognising our boundaries as they are at rugby.
“If they want to consider a station in Warrington they need to engage in proper discussions.
“Trying to impose things on Warrington people doesn’t work.”
Wigan Council’s deputy leader, Clr David Molyneux says: “The council and Transport for Greater Manchester are currently working together to bring forward a plan for a new guided busway between Leigh and Manchester City Centre.
“But as part of the wider plan the council and its partners have been approached by groups within the community in Leigh to consider options for a railway station in the vicinity of the town.
“It must be stressed that the council is not trying to encroach into another borough. Officers have fully briefed their counterparts at Warrington about the progress to date.
“We’re not sure how comments about rugby will help to move this forward but our borough's record in this sport speaks for itself.”