Bolton accident hotspots targeted: Council secures cash to boost road safety measures

By Alex Bysouth

Road safety schemes totalling £240,000 will be implemented in Bolton after the council secured funding from Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership.

The council identified Lee Lane in Horwich and the A6 Blackrod Bypass as high priority sites for road improvements following a number of serious accidents.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Nick Peel hopes the schemes will increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

“We are delighted that we have been awarded this funding to develop road safety schemes at these sites, both of which have had a number of accidents in the past,” he said.

“We will be installing road safety measures at both of these sites which will improve road safety and reduce the number of accidents for both drivers and pedestrians in the future.”

Lee Lane, one of the main shopping streets in Horwich, has seen 12 collisions involving pedestrians which resulted in injury or death.

A 20mph zone, raised road area, puffin crossing and traffic calming measures will be introduced using £100,000 of funding to improve pedestrian safety.

The A6 Blackrod Bypass witnessed a road safety scheme in 2005, involving amending the signal junction to provide a right turn filter for vehicles turning on to Station Road towards Horwich,

Despite being successful in eliminating the right turn accidents there have been a number of collisions with drivers ignoring the traffic regulation, resulting in several serious accidents.

The council is to use £140,000 funding to develop a road safety scheme addressing the collisions caused by vehicles turning against right against the ban.

The scheme will include a right turn lane at this junction allowing traffic to turn towards Blackrod, but on a separate stage of the signals.

The amendment to the signal junction will enable the right turn into Station Road to be undertaken safely, although it will slow down signal change times.

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