Published: Monday, 4th Oct 2021

Residents are invited to have their say on plans for a multi-million-pound major new pedestrian and cycling scheme in Bolton.

The proposed scheme linking Bolton town centre to Doffcocker has been developed as part of the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s £160m Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund.

This would form part of the Bee Network, which aims to create the largest cycling and walking network in the UK.

The aim of this project is to increase active travel by creating safe, pleasant and healthy streets and opening up routes to key centres.

Bolton Town Centre to Doffcocker (Phase One) Scheme:

The scheme aims to encourage greater levels of active travel both within the Halliwell and Smithills wards, with traffic calming measures included to slow traffic speeds for everyone’s safety.

The concept scheme seeks to promote use of a new quieter route through the residential area, as a real alternative to the more heavily trafficked A673 Chorley New Road and B6226 Chorley Old Road.

Phase One of the town centre to Doffcocker route starts on Park Street, north of Queen’s Park, and heads west towards Lonsdale Road where Phase One ends.

Phase Two of the scheme will connect it to Doffcocker. In addition, new and improved crossing facilities will provide safer cycling and walking conditions at key intersections.

Bolton Council has been working with the local Active Travel Forum and Transport for Greater Manchester to develop the schemes, and now wants to hear from more people about the plans.

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Cllr Stuart Haslam, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We want to make it easier for people to move around these areas by foot or bike, without, of course, hindering responsible motorists who are driving in these areas.

“We welcome people’s views on these projects and the more comments we receive, the more it will help us to shape and develop the schemes.

“We will look at the feedback we receive to refine the concept.”

Following the scoping and development phase, the council will seek the funding needed to bring each scheme forward for implementation.