Published: Tuesday, 28th Apr 2020

Bolton Council’s £12m project to repair hundreds of roads across the borough is continuing throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

Last year, improvement work began on a priority list of dilapidated roads and pavements that was drawn up by local councillors.

The repairs are continuing despite the current lockdown in line with government guidance on the importance of construction for the nation, with the next phase due to start on roads in Horwich and Blackrod next week.

Work is being carried out in accordance with official guidelines on safe distancing and several measures are in place to protect both staff and the public from any risk.

Repair work will begin on Marsh Street, St Katherines Drive, Ramsbottom Road, Summer Street, Iron Street and Rawlinson Street this week.

Further work is due to begin in Westhoughton in mid-May and a schedule of upcoming projects is available on the council website.

Funding for the scheme was announced in July last year with all 20 wards allocated £600,000 to fix up some of the most badly damaged roads in each area.

The funding is on top of the standard highways maintenance budget.

I want to thank the roadwork teams for going the extra mile to deliver this vital service.

Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Martyn Cox, said:

“Dozens of streets have already been restored as part of this programme and I am very pleased that work is continuing despite the difficult circumstances.

“We know that the disrepair of some of our residential streets was a real concern across the borough and that is why we have invested in these improvements.

“Our top priority as a council is to protect the health of our staff and the public and there will be strict measures in place while work is carried out.

“I want to thank the roadwork teams for going the extra mile to deliver this vital service.”