A DOZEN people have been fined by police after they infuriated residents by using a quiet residential street as a “rat-run”.

Drivers have been illegally using Chassen Road in Heaton to avoid traffic lights, despite police warning that they would be handing out fines.

Police have run several operations there in the past few weeks and motorists have been warned not to use the road as a shortcut.

But despite the warnings in The Bolton News, via social media and in emails to parents of pupils at Bolton School, drivers continued to use it.

Police have now stepped up the campaign and were handing out £30 fines during one-hour periods on Thursday and yesterday.

Only residents and visitors are allowed to use Chassen Road for access but residents have been complaining that motorists are ignoring the signs and using it as a cut through from Tudor Avenue to Chorley New Road.

The busiest times are between 8am and 9.30am and between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Dominic Parmenter, aged 41, said: “Cars literally tear along here and taxis are the worst.

“We have written to the schools and the council.

“It is good to see the police here taking action and we hope it will stop people doing it, but although it is a police matter I can’t help thinking they have better things to do.”

Another resident, Peter Gribbin, aged 45, said: “This road has been a nightmare — so bad that my wife and I have thought about moving.

“Residents have been abused by motorists when they tell them not to park in front of drives. We are really grateful to the police for taking action.”

PC Andy McMath said: “I think it is sinking in now we are fining people and we will continue to do so.

“People have been warned about this but it is still happening.”