An £800,000 programme of work to improve a key Farnworth and Kearsley junction is complete.

The busy intersection of Higher Market Street, Longcauseway, Bolton Road and Old Hall Street has undergone a programme of work.

Engineers have upgraded the traffic signals, resurfaced the carriageway and added a dedicated left turn lane into Old Hall Street as part of a project delivered in partnership by Bolton Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Crossing the road will also be easier and safer now following the resurfacing and widening of footpaths and refuge islands.

The aim of the work was to increase capacity at the junction, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “This was an important and necessary improvement programme for what is a busy junction.

“Now the work is complete, it should have the beneficial knock-on effect of easing congestion at the nearby Kearsley roundabout junction.

“We would like to thank motorists and residents for their patience while the work has been carried out.”

The £800,000 scheme was funded by the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal and delivered as part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme.

Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Councillor Andrew Fender, added: “It’s great to see the completion of Bolton’s first transport project funded by the Local Growth Deal.

“Seemingly small improvements like these at key points in the road network will build to make a positive difference to all journeys. Bus journeys times will be reduced and drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit.”

For further information, contact the council’s customer helpline on 01204 336677 or e-mail at highways@bolton.gov.uk.

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