Half marathon road closures


Businesses and residents are advised to prepare for a number of road closures at the first Bolton Community Half Marathon on Sunday, September 4.

The event has been organised by Mad Bull Events and will start and finish at Le Mans Crescent in the town centre.

The 13.1 mile route will leave the town centre via Chorley New Road, then drop down onto the Middlebrook Trail. It will take in a loop of Lostock and Westhoughton, before returning into town via the same route.

In order for the event to operate safely, a number of roads will be required to close for the duration of the race.

The longest road closures will be in place in the town centre, from 6am to 4pm on the day, and include: Ashburner Street; Howell Croft North and South; Le Mans Crescent; Victoria Square; and small sections of Deansgate.

Other parts of Deansgate will be closed from 9.30am to 1.30pm, along with Knowsley Street, Bark Street and Chorley Street.

Traffic will be prohibited on the following roads from 9.30am to 1pm: Chorley New Road from Chorley Street to Overdale Drive; Overdale Drive to the crossroads at Oak Coppice, and cycles on the Middlebrook Trail.

Heading towards Horwich, the Middlebrook Trail will be closed from 9.30am and 1pm; and Regent Road (Rumworth Hill to Regents Hill) will be closed from 9.45am to 11.15am. The following roads will be closed from 10am to noon: Wingates Lane and Church Lane.

Closures will be in place at Church Street, Westhoughton (A6 Manchester Road to Central Drive); and on Central Drive (from Church Street to Bolton Road) and Bolton Road (from Central Drive to the A6 Manchester Road) from 10am to 12.15pm. From around 10am to 12.30pm St John’s Road and Chew Moor Lane will also be closed.

A full map detailing the road closures has been issued to local residents and business owners so that they can prepare, and road marshals will be present on the day to allow managed access when it is safe to do so.

All other motorists are advised to find an alternative route where possible.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, added: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Bolton Community Half Marathon to the borough and wish everyone good luck for the day.

“We want to make sure this event is a success and as a result it is necessary for some roads to be closed off to traffic to ensure runners’ safety.

“We would encourage people to plan their travel in advance and would like to thank residents, businesses and motorists for their co-operation and patience on the day.”

For more information on the marathon and a route map, visit www.boltoncommunitymarathon.com.

Road closures are published on www.bolton.gov.uk/trafficorders.

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