Town centre is on its way to becoming a ‘go-slow’ zone

The Bolton News: Town centre is on its way to becoming a ‘go-slow’ zone Town centre is on its way to becoming a ‘go-slow’ zone

WESTHOUGHTON town centre could become a 20mph zone after it was given backing from councillors.

Consultation has been carried out on the proposal from Bolton Council’s Highways department to reduce the speed limit on Market Street from 30mph to 20mph.

Members of Westhoughton Town Council voted in favour of the plans.

Cllr David Chadwick, leader of Westhoughton Town Council, said “This is a genuine attempt to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment and would make Market Street a safer area and reduce possible conflicts between motorists and pedestrians.

“This is an important development for Westhoughton’s town centre and should not be underestimated.”

He said the current arrangements on Market Street, such as the kerb build-out at the junction of Market Street, Mill Street, Park Road and Bolton Road, make the road suitable for the speed reduction.

The 20mph proposal, which comes from Bolton Council, might include King Street. If given the go-ahead, it could be implemented within six months.

Cllr David Wilkinson, who represents Hoskers and Hart Common, said: “I suggested a 20mph zone in Market Street to Sean Harriss, chief executive of Bolton Council, in December 2011. The street is physically traffic-calmed already, and all it requires is a legal order.

“To me, it makes sense to address the minority of people who think it’s a race track. The minority of idiots who think it’s fun to speed through the town centre will be breaking the law, and then hopefully it will be enforced. Most people realise they are driving through a town centre but hopefully it will make it a little bit safer.”

The consultation period ended on December 14, and a decision is expected to made in the coming weeks.

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10:00am Mon 7 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

you can't do more than 20 mph anyway in Market Street because of all the cars parked on the double yellows - even those parked where there are two stripe 'thou shalt not park here' markings on the kerb (only emergency vehicles, security vehicles and Royal Mail allowed to park there, regardless of blue badge, hazard lights or whatever other device you use). Worst spot is outside Lloyds TSB which is double marked. Cars stop there and drivers 'bob in' to carry out their business.
you can't do more than 20 mph anyway in Market Street because of all the cars parked on the double yellows - even those parked where there are two stripe 'thou shalt not park here' markings on the kerb (only emergency vehicles, security vehicles and Royal Mail allowed to park there, regardless of blue badge, hazard lights or whatever other device you use). Worst spot is outside Lloyds TSB which is double marked. Cars stop there and drivers 'bob in' to carry out their business. oftbewildered2

2:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

The last time I drove through Bolton was a Sunday morning acouple of years ago.I couldn't go much above 10 mph because of all the broken beer bottles,glasses, puke, garbage and assorted wild life feeding on said garbage.A relative of mine asured me this happens frequently but not to worry,it gets cleaned up before 8 am.He used to work for the council and didn't mind cleaning up because he got paid double time&a half for Sunday.
The last time I drove through Bolton was a Sunday morning acouple of years ago.I couldn't go much above 10 mph because of all the broken beer bottles,glasses, puke, garbage and assorted wild life feeding on said garbage.A relative of mine asured me this happens frequently but not to worry,it gets cleaned up before 8 am.He used to work for the council and didn't mind cleaning up because he got paid double time&a half for Sunday. boltonnut

4:52pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

I fail to see why any cars should wish to go into the town centre anyway and risk being fined for parking on the double yellow lines. There are adequate car parks available. The council should have made the whole street pedestrianised years ago except for loading. I think some people have forgotten what legs are for.
I fail to see why any cars should wish to go into the town centre anyway and risk being fined for parking on the double yellow lines. There are adequate car parks available. The council should have made the whole street pedestrianised years ago except for loading. I think some people have forgotten what legs are for. Rocket_Scientist

3:58pm Tue 8 Jan 13

aardwolf says...

A ridiculous waste of money. Maximum speed along that road is 10mph at best.
A ridiculous waste of money. Maximum speed along that road is 10mph at best. aardwolf

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