Major Bolton road made safer for cyclists
A ROAD where a cyclist was killed and two others injured is undergoing a major £100,000 safety improvement scheme.
Bolton Council said it is altering Folds Road to introduce a dedicated left turn lane for vehicles turning onto Bury New Road, and is also introducing a range of other safety measures.
The new turn means there will be a “build out” and the cycle lane will be moved to make it safer.
The council says two other cyclists have also suffered minor injuries in the last five years following incidents on the road and the new improvements have been funded by a government grant.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We’re changing the layout of Folds Road to improve safety for cyclists.
“To improve the design and layout of the road we are introducing a dedicated left turn lane for vehicles turning from Folds Road onto Bury New Road.
“We are also moving the cycle lane to position it in between the straight ahead and left turn lane.
“This will mean cyclists don’t have to negotiate two lanes of traffic if they wish to cycle into town.
“In order to introduce the dedicated left turn lane it has been necessary to create a buildout from Goodwin Street.
“Work on the scheme is due for completion, subject to weather, in mid-September.”
The scheme is costing £100,000 and is being funded by the Department for Transport Cycle Safety Fund — a £20 million pot shared between 78 projects.
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