Ringley Bridge closure 'has halved pub's takings'
THE Ringley Bridge closure has halved a pub’s takings, its boss says.
And now that school pupils have returned, staff at St Saviour’s Primary are trying to minimise problems for parents.
With the number of motorists driving near the key link over the River Irwell in the mornings set to surge, the school is manning the footbridge with teachers, opening its facilities up for pensioners to use for flu jabs and calling on the council to provide help.
Meanwhile, the Horsehoe pub near Ringley Bridge says trade has plummeted by 50 per cent since the closure, which traders say is killing local businesses.
Ian Southern, St Saviour’s headteacher, said the school are continuing with plans put in place in July.
“The general feedback from parents is that, while it is an incovenience, the work needs doing and we will have to somehow muddle through”, he added.
With the bridge being cobbled and narrowed, the school is anxious that children and their grandparents are safe when they walk across it back to their cars.
Staff want police to build a “dismount” sign on the approaches to the footbridge to ensure cyclists dismount and do not put children at risk. Mr Southern added that the school has asked Bolton Council to install floodlights outside, to help families as nights get shorter during the autumn.
With the closure making it harder for pensioners to access their nearest clinics, Mr Southern has made the school available to them instead.
Older people have also been deterred from going to the Horseshoe, according to the pub’s joint manager Andrew Worth.
“They have to park their cars 15 minutes away if they’re coming from the other side and the footbridge is cobbled,” he said.
“It has been totally dead here since it closed.
“We’ve put signs up everywhere saying we’re still open and we’ve even put on cheaper menus but we have not had any luck.
“This building job must be killing trade round here because people simply aren’t coming past any more.”
Mr Worth hopes for a boost in trade from parents now the schools are back. He said: “Mums and dads sometimes pop in while waiting for kids to come out so hopefully that will help.”
Bolton Council promised to provide “continued support” to schools now they have gone back.
A spokesman said: “We have arranged road safety training for the school pupils this term, offered support for a volunteer walking bus scheme and identified and assessed suitable crossing points on the local roads.”
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