A key town centre junction will be resurfaced as part of an £850,000 project to ease congestion.

Work started in June to improve the junction of Manchester Road and Raikes Lane.

 Bolton Council is making changes to the junction to increase capacity, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. The scheme also includes new pedestrian crossings and cyclist facilities across the junction.

Work to resurface the junction will now take place on October 29 and 30, and November 5 and 6.

Drivers are warned that delays will be likely. The junction will remain open at all times but temporary traffic signals will be in operation for the safety of motorists and workers on site.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The scheme is nearing completion now, and when it is finished it will help with traffic flow and be easier to get on to Raikes Lane.

“Work has been underway since June on carrying out different parts of the project. The traffic signals are being upgraded and a dedicated left turn lane into Raikes Lane is also being introduced.

“The resurfacing work is likely to cause inconvenience and we would like to apologise in advance for any disruption caused to residents and road users.”

Access to the Raikes Lane Recycling Centre will be maintained and residents and businesses will be able to access their properties during the work.

The work is funded by the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal and delivered by the council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) as part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement Programme, to make the transport network more efficient.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “When the works are complete, drivers and cyclists, as well as people using public transport and pedestrians, will benefit from a more efficient road junction and a much improved road surface.

“Improvements like these at key points in the road network make a positive difference to all journeys.”

For further information about the scheme, contact the council via e-mail highways@bolton.gov.uk.

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