Photo credit Peter Entwistle
Photo credit: Peter Entwistle

Resurfacing work will start this Sunday (May 22) at a key Farnworth and Kearsley junction.

Bolton Council is making significant changes to the junction of Higher Market Street, Longcauseway, Bolton Road and Old Hall Street.

Work started in April on the scheme, which will increase capacity, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

As part of the scheme, work to resurface the junction will start on Sunday, May 22 and continue on Sundays throughout June.

The junction will remain open to traffic but Old Hall Street will be closed to enable the resurfacing work to take place safely.

Traffic will be diverted along Grundy Road, Crompton St onto Longcauseway. The diversion route will be sign-posted.

Longcauseway will also be resurfaced up to its junction with Moorfield Chase. This work will take place from June 6 to June 10, between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The road will remain open but temporary traffic signals will be in operation, for the safety of motorists and workers on site.

The £800,000 scheme is funded by Transport for Greater Manchester as part of their Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme.

As well as resurfacing work, traffic signals are being upgraded and a dedicated left turn lane into Old Hall Street will be introduced.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “We know that the work is causing inconvenience and I’d like to thank residents and motorists for their patience.

“In an effort to minimise disruption, we’ve scheduled the major resurfacing work to only take place on Sundays.

“Once the whole scheme is complete, it should also relieve some pressure from the Kearsley roundabout junction.”

The scheme is due for completion at the end of June, subject to weather conditions.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, added: “This scheme will contribute to improving the flow of traffic around Farnworth and Kearsley.

“Excavation work is well underway to create the dedicated left turn lane into Old Hall Street and to remodel the islands. All road users will benefit from this, as well as the improved road surface and the upgraded traffic signals.”

For further information, contact the council’s customer helpline on 01204 336677 or e-mail at