Residents' anger over 'rat run' as Bolton Council removes bollards from Harper Green street
BOLLARDS which have been removed from a busy road has created a “rat-run” close to a school, putting children’s lives at risk, residents have claimed.
Greenland Road in Harper Green — outside Mount St Joseph’s Business and Enterprise College — has been opened up while surrounding streets Bradford Road and Minerva Road are resurfaced by Bolton Council.
Traffic is currently unable to enter or exit Minerva Road to Bradford Road.
This has led to a “rat-run” caused by drivers avoiding traffic congestion in Bradford Road, according to Bill Wilson, aged 65, who lives in Greenland Road.
He said: “This decision is not for the good of the people who live here. It’s a potential death trap down there — this road must be closed for the safety of the school children.
“There have been plenty of times when I’ve nearly been run over.
“I just hope it’s not too late before someone sees that there is a problem.”
Fellow resident Tony McCarthy, aged 69, added: “The neighbours are not very happy about this.
“I fear that someone is going to be seriously injured — this is an accident waiting to happen.”
The council’s Highways Department said the bollards would be replaced by the end of the month.
A council spokesman said: “The bollards were removed temporarily when we resurfaced the junction of Minerva Road and Bradford Road, to enable vehicle access to the hospital along Greenland Road from Minerva Road to Green Lane.
"They will be reinstated by the end of the month and we appreciate residents’ patience while the road is open.”
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