Cllr Nick Peel with Moorgate primary school pupils, from left: Alexander McDonald, Phoebe Bees, Diana Gois, Dola Adedeji, and Chloe Mintram.
Almost 2,500 residential streets in Bolton now have a 20mph speed limit in a bid to make them safer.
It means that approximately two thirds of residential roads – around 50,000 households - in the borough now benefit from a safer environment due to a reduced speed limit in their communities.
The £500,000 work is the first phase of a programme to introduce a 20mph speed limit to residential roads in Bolton.
It has been paid for from one-off capital funding, approved by Bolton Council in 2015.
A total of 26 areas, including all residential roads in: Farnworth; Great Lever; Halliwell; Kearsley; Little Lever and Darcy Lever; Rumworth, and Tonge with the Haulgh were covered in the first phase.
Work was originally due to finish by April 2017 so has been delivered weeks ahead of schedule.
A number of other 20mph areas have also been introduced by the council, funded through a variety of different sources.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “In 2015 we made a commitment to making all appropriate residential roads in Bolton 20mph.
“I’m really pleased we are delivering what we promised to do, and that work on the first phase has finished ahead of schedule. Work is now underway on the remaining residential streets suitable for reduced speeds.
“We know that residents want their streets to feel safer and be safer, and reducing speed is one way we can do this.
“We have had positive responses from schools and residents. Extensive 20mph limits reduce the risk and severity of accidents, and will undeniably help our local communities.”
One school to benefit from the 20mph speed limit roll-out is Moorgate Primary School, in Tonge. The school is located in the centre of an extensive 20mph speed limit area.
Headteacher Debbie Hopwood said: “I’m really pleased that the council has introduced new 20mph signs near the school. The safety of our children is paramount and anything that might make motorists think twice about driving too fast near schools is worth praising.”
Work is also now underway on the second phase of the 20mph programme.
This will benefit a further 1,261 streets and roads in: Astley Bridge; Bradshaw; Breightmet; Bromley Cross; Harper Green; Heaton; Horwich; Hulton; Lostock; Smithills, and Westhoughton. These wards do already have some 20mph speed limit areas.
This work has been funded from an additional council one-off capital fund earmarked for road safety improvements.
This programme of work is due to finish by the end of 2017.