Improvements to St George’s Road 

08/11/10

Work to improve the flow of traffic in the town centre is due to start on November 21.

The scheme will see the return of two-way traffic to the length of St George’s Road, between Duke Street and Marsden Road.

The existing bus lane markings on this stretch of road will be removed and the road resurfaced. This will allow traffic exiting the Topp Way multi-storey car park via Duke Street to quickly get back out to the west side of the borough via St George’s Road.

Other improvements include the creation of a new bus lane, which will run east to west, along St George’s Road between Bridge Street and Knowsley Street.

The additional lane will help buses get around the town centre more quickly and will reduce bus journey times into the town centre.

It does mean general traffic will no longer be able to turn left from Bridge Street or right from Higher Bridge Street into St George’s Road.

The work is part of Bolton Council’s overall Town Centre Transport Strategy which in addition to reducing congestion aims to complement the regeneration of the town centre, make it safer and more attractive.

St George’s Road will be closed between Duke Street and Marsden Road, on Sunday, November 21 and Sunday, November 28, to enable the resurfacing works to take place. Other work will continue throughout the two weeks with temporary traffic signals in operation.

The new bus lane will become effective on Monday, November 29.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “This is a significant change to the way traffic will move around the town centre. It will mean benefits for motorists in the town centre for Christmas shopping, as they will be able to take advantage of the new route out of town via St George’s Road.”

For more information contact the council’s helpline on 01204 336677.

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