Road improvement work to start in town centre

12 Jan 2021 11:08
Published by: Scott Callan

WORK to make Bolton town centre's roads safer for everyone is continuing with new projects set to get underway.

Junction improvements and new segregated bike lanes are planned for Bridgeman Place, Lower Bridgeman Street and Bradford Street.

Work starts this week and is expected to take six months to complete. Highways bosses say roads will mostly remain open during the work - apart for a small number of overnight and weekend closures to allow resurfacing work to take place.

The latest work is part of a £1.8million scheme that Bolton Council says is designed to deliver a better road network in the town centre for all road users.
When complete, a new stretch of cycle lanes and junction improvements will stretch from Newport Street through to Bromwich Street.

The work is part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme (SBNI), a Local Growth Deal funded programme, which is managed by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Stuart Haslam, the council's executive cabinet member for highways, said: "Whether you're on foot, in a car, on public transport or on a bike this work is designed to make it safer for you to get around.
"We hope all those using our road network will benefit and it will make it easier for all of us to get to where we want to be.

"For those on buses or in their cars the plans are designed to reduce journey times and cut congestion.
"It will make journeys safer for pedestrians when crossing busy roads and it will give cyclists their own space separate from traffic.

"Whether you are coming into town to work or shop, to access education or health services, we need a road network that works for everyone. Improving road safety for all is at the heart of this scheme."

The work follows similar improvements made on the roads near Bolton's transport interchange including the junction of Crompton Way/Bury Rd and Trinity St/Newport St.

The final phase of junction improvement work is due to start in June - focusing on the collection of junctions where Bradshawgate, Manchester Road, Trinity St, Lower Bridgeman St, and Bridgeman Place meet.


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