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Major improvements set to start in Farnworth

Posted by Admin - Thu 1st March 2018 4.51PM

Updated: Thu 1st March 2018 5.13PM

Work starts on March 5 to improve a major junction and a busy shopping street as part the multi-million pound redevelopment of Farnworth.

Improvements to the junction of King Street and Market Street will include upgrading the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, and repaving footpaths.

The junction improvements are part of the £1.9m Farnworth bus station redevelopment project being delivered in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester.

The scheme is funded by the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal as part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement programme.

Nearby Brackley Street will also be repaved as part of a £450,000 scheme funded by Bolton Council as part of its commitment to improve Farnworth.

New trees and benches will also be installed and a one-way system introduced for delivery vehicles outside the pedestrian-only hours of 10.30am to 4.30pm.

During the work:-

  • King Street will be closed to vehicles at the junction of Market Street. Access for residents and businesses will be via Albert Road.
  • Additional road restrictions may be required at the junction of King Street and Market Street but these will be kept to a minimum and will not take place during rush hour.
  • Vehicles will not be able to access the section of Brackley Street from Market Street to Asda Square. Businesses will remain open but have been asked to arrange deliveries, where possible, to the rear of their properties.

The work will take place at the same time as the redevelopment of Farnworth Bus Station which closes on March 4 - services will leave from Market Street or stops nearby.

All the junction and repaving work is expected to complete in summer 2018, which is also when the bus station is due to reopen.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Linda Thomas, said: “Farnworth is an absolute priority for us and this multi-million pound investment will make a real difference to residents.

“The end result really will contribute to the regeneration of Farnworth. Once complete, the bus station will provide improved facilities for passengers as well as offering a modern gateway to the town for both residents and visitors.

“Brackley Street is a main thoroughfare and the new paving and new benches will improve the look and feel of the street.

“We are working with our partners to make change happen to benefit the local community. We have also submitted the town for inclusion in the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Town Centre Challenge which will re-energise town centres.”

For more information on the new bus station plans visit www.tfgm.com/sbni/farnworth-bus-station.


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