'Rat run' fears over Little Lever Tesco plan

'Rat run' fears over Little Lever Tesco plan

Little Lever residents, from left, Barrie Robertson, Glenda Sixsmith, Alan Kennedy and Arlene Pilkington in Aintree Road

The site of the new Little Lever Tesco store, which is currently being built

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

RESIDENTS in Little Lever are worried their road could become a rat run for traffic once a new Tesco store is built in the village.

People living in Aintree Road say it will be targeted by drivers leaving Little Lever because the ‘racecourse’ estate it is on links up with Church Street — the main road out of the village.

Little Lever and Darcy Lever councillor Paul Richardson has raised fears about increased traffic congestion.

Bolton Council says it consulted with Transport for Greater Manchester over the potential issue of “rat running” and that, if vehicles were to bypass the development site, this would be done over a “wide network”.

Aintree Road is half a mile from the site of the future Tesco supermarket, which is on the corner of Lever Street and Crossley Street.

Its residents say the the road is already busy enough, with St Matthew’s CE Primary School and St Teresa RC Primary School less than a mile away.

They claim the new Tesco will just make matters worse.

Barrie Robertson, aged 69, said: “This whole street will become a rat run when the new Tesco is finished.

“We’ll struggle to get our cars out of the drive and there’ll be vehicles speeding up and down here like there’s no tomorrow.”

Glenda Sixsmith, aged 73, said: “Children play on this street on their own and it will be harder to keep an eye on them when there are drivers using it as a short cut.

“I’ve lived here for 49 years and this street is like Silverstone Grand Prix racing track already.

“I can see this Tesco store being a big problem for us.”

Cllr Richardson said: “I fully accept that the Tesco development is going ahead, but there are going to be consequences, which could potentially be horrific.

“When traffic builds up, we will see more cars using Aintree Road to get to the roundabout on Church Street — the whole estate needs to be 20mph, because it could become a danger to people’s safety.

“The unintended consequences of this new Tesco haven’t been fully thought through.”

A council spokesman said: “The issue of rat running was considered in some detail at the time of the planning application back in 2011, by the council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

“It was concluded that if vehicles were to look for alternative routes to bypass the development site then this would be done over a relatively wide network which would vary on a day to day basis and no improvements to routes other than Dearden Street were considered to be appropriate.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We will be a good neighbour in the community and will be conscious of how our store affects local roads.

"There are extensive highways improvements to be made as part of the build process and we hope that these will benefit the local area.”

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2:48pm Thu 26 Jun 14

boltonlass92 says...

These ppl need get a grip just a set of old bags wiv nothin more to do then winge grow up
These ppl need get a grip just a set of old bags wiv nothin more to do then winge grow up boltonlass92
  • Score: 10

3:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

hal pel says...

The Racecourse estate isn't a rat run; it's a rabbit warren! The only customers from Tesco entering the estate , will be those that live there; the very same people who opposed this development.
The Racecourse estate isn't a rat run; it's a rabbit warren! The only customers from Tesco entering the estate , will be those that live there; the very same people who opposed this development. hal pel
  • Score: 14

3:38pm Thu 26 Jun 14

mollymalone86 says...

Always the residents of Aintree road moaning! You live on a road, people are going to drive on it! Get over it!!
Always the residents of Aintree road moaning! You live on a road, people are going to drive on it! Get over it!! mollymalone86
  • Score: 10

5:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

WoodyTATS23 says...

EVERYBODY IS MOANING AND COME LAIN ING ABOUT THE TEST BUT I CAN GUARANTEE 99% OF THESE MOANERS WILL GO IN THERE TO BUY THINGS ONCE IT IS OPEN ,
EVERYBODY IS MOANING AND COME LAIN ING ABOUT THE TEST BUT I CAN GUARANTEE 99% OF THESE MOANERS WILL GO IN THERE TO BUY THINGS ONCE IT IS OPEN , WoodyTATS23
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

WoodyTATS23 says...

EVERYBODY IS MOANING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THE TEST BUT I CAN GUARANTEE 99% OF THESE MOANERS WILL GO IN THERE TO BUY THINGS ONCE IT IS OPEN ,
EVERYBODY IS MOANING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THE TEST BUT I CAN GUARANTEE 99% OF THESE MOANERS WILL GO IN THERE TO BUY THINGS ONCE IT IS OPEN , WoodyTATS23
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

nigella farrage says...

The race-course estate is on the wrong side of the main road through the village and definitely will not be used as a rat run. The only parts of Little Lever which could be considered to be potential rat-runs are:

Park Rd, Windermere Rd & Rydal Road to one side of the new store; and

Victory Road area

Both of which are part of a bus route anyway! (same bus service as the one that goes along Aintree Road!!!)


So it seems Little Lever's own resident UKIP councillor hasn't done his homework before speaking up!!!
The race-course estate is on the wrong side of the main road through the village and definitely will not be used as a rat run. The only parts of Little Lever which could be considered to be potential rat-runs are: Park Rd, Windermere Rd & Rydal Road to one side of the new store; and Victory Road area Both of which are part of a bus route anyway! (same bus service as the one that goes along Aintree Road!!!) So it seems Little Lever's own resident UKIP councillor hasn't done his homework before speaking up!!! nigella farrage
  • Score: 6

8:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Llresident92 says...

Clearly none of the comments above have done their research before coming back with the usual comments, without knowing the facts.
No doubt it will be used as a cut through from Redcar road to the roundabout on Coronation Square to bypass the traffic lights being put in place and possible increased volume of traffic. This area is often congested due to the schools in the area making it difficult for residents on ther driveways and already obstructs part of the road. Due to the straightness of the road, cars fly up and down on a daily basis and have witnessed a numerous amount of near misses in the past.

Therefore these aren't just 'winging about a pointless issue' but trying to prevent a horrible accident before it does, giving people like that a chance to complain when something does happen.
Clearly none of the comments above have done their research before coming back with the usual comments, without knowing the facts. No doubt it will be used as a cut through from Redcar road to the roundabout on Coronation Square to bypass the traffic lights being put in place and possible increased volume of traffic. This area is often congested due to the schools in the area making it difficult for residents on ther driveways and already obstructs part of the road. Due to the straightness of the road, cars fly up and down on a daily basis and have witnessed a numerous amount of near misses in the past. Therefore these aren't just 'winging about a pointless issue' but trying to prevent a horrible accident before it does, giving people like that a chance to complain when something does happen. Llresident92
  • Score: -7

9:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Donkey Stone says...

What the hell is a rat run. A BN nonsense phrase.
What the hell is a rat run. A BN nonsense phrase. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 1

9:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Donkey Stone says...

Llresident92 wrote:
Clearly none of the comments above have done their research before coming back with the usual comments, without knowing the facts.
No doubt it will be used as a cut through from Redcar road to the roundabout on Coronation Square to bypass the traffic lights being put in place and possible increased volume of traffic. This area is often congested due to the schools in the area making it difficult for residents on ther driveways and already obstructs part of the road. Due to the straightness of the road, cars fly up and down on a daily basis and have witnessed a numerous amount of near misses in the past.

Therefore these aren't just 'winging about a pointless issue' but trying to prevent a horrible accident before it does, giving people like that a chance to complain when something does happen.
Nimby.
[quote][p][bold]Llresident92[/bold] wrote: Clearly none of the comments above have done their research before coming back with the usual comments, without knowing the facts. No doubt it will be used as a cut through from Redcar road to the roundabout on Coronation Square to bypass the traffic lights being put in place and possible increased volume of traffic. This area is often congested due to the schools in the area making it difficult for residents on ther driveways and already obstructs part of the road. Due to the straightness of the road, cars fly up and down on a daily basis and have witnessed a numerous amount of near misses in the past. Therefore these aren't just 'winging about a pointless issue' but trying to prevent a horrible accident before it does, giving people like that a chance to complain when something does happen.[/p][/quote]Nimby. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 7

11:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Actually everybody is missing a huge point.

Tesco putting smaller traders out of business and taking up as much shopper space as possible. The corporate monopoly in action... Tesco is making people too lazy to travel 2-miles or even a mile to the nearest Tesco. It is ridiculous no matter where they build. There should be a maximum per town and not in the vicinity of local off licences, butchers, grocers etc.
Actually everybody is missing a huge point. Tesco putting smaller traders out of business and taking up as much shopper space as possible. The corporate monopoly in action... Tesco is making people too lazy to travel 2-miles or even a mile to the nearest Tesco. It is ridiculous no matter where they build. There should be a maximum per town and not in the vicinity of local off licences, butchers, grocers etc. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 0

11:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I mean come on do we need another Tesco Express, ASDA Market, Sainsbury's Select bla bla bla anywhere in Bolton?

Tesco do not give a shyte about local traders, and the added competition statements are old hat and totally erroneous. They see an opportunity and move right in without a thought for local traders.
I mean come on do we need another Tesco Express, ASDA Market, Sainsbury's Select bla bla bla anywhere in Bolton? Tesco do not give a shyte about local traders, and the added competition statements are old hat and totally erroneous. They see an opportunity and move right in without a thought for local traders. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -1

6:46am Fri 27 Jun 14

YouriLeGod says...

“I’ve lived here for 49 years and this street is like Silverstone Grand Prix racing track already.

Oh really. Did you actually say that or has it been changed to fit the article?

If you did actually say it, get a grip, I think you are slightly over exaggerating. Besides what will making it 20mph do anyway? People will still drive fast. As somebody said earlier, this is the wrong side of Little Lever for people who don't know the area to be going through. All roads are busy and maybe, just maybe, people walked their children to school instead of going in the car, it may be that it could become a little quieter.
“I’ve lived here for 49 years and this street is like Silverstone Grand Prix racing track already. Oh really. Did you actually say that or has it been changed to fit the article? If you did actually say it, get a grip, I think you are slightly over exaggerating. Besides what will making it 20mph do anyway? People will still drive fast. As somebody said earlier, this is the wrong side of Little Lever for people who don't know the area to be going through. All roads are busy and maybe, just maybe, people walked their children to school instead of going in the car, it may be that it could become a little quieter. YouriLeGod
  • Score: 4

3:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

Absolute garbage. Aintree Road is nowhere near the Tesco. Typical arrogant Racecourse Estate snobs. Most people in Little Lever welcome the new Tesco.
Absolute garbage. Aintree Road is nowhere near the Tesco. Typical arrogant Racecourse Estate snobs. Most people in Little Lever welcome the new Tesco. Reality50
  • Score: 5

6:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

paulrich says...

Whoever or whatever Nigella Farage is, it is pretty obvious that he/she has never visited Little lever but has picked some street names from a map.

The A6053 (Stopes Rd- High St - Market St - Church St ) is the major arterial route between Radcliffe and Bolton. The average daily traffic flow over the year 2012 was 17,051 vehicles

The easiest if not the only route for this traffic to avoid the junction is through the racecourse Estate ( Mytham - Aintree - Redcar/Melrose)

As regards me doing my homework, try :- http://littleleverbl
og.blogspot.co.uk/20
11/12/objection-to-p
lanning-application-
on.html

There are probably another 50 odd posts on this blog about the development. Happy Reading.
Whoever or whatever Nigella Farage is, it is pretty obvious that he/she has never visited Little lever but has picked some street names from a map. The A6053 (Stopes Rd- High St - Market St - Church St ) is the major arterial route between Radcliffe and Bolton. The average daily traffic flow over the year 2012 was 17,051 vehicles The easiest if not the only route for this traffic to avoid the junction is through the racecourse Estate ( Mytham - Aintree - Redcar/Melrose) As regards me doing my homework, try :- http://littleleverbl og.blogspot.co.uk/20 11/12/objection-to-p lanning-application- on.html There are probably another 50 odd posts on this blog about the development. Happy Reading. paulrich
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Funny how Tesco shills thumbs down the truth. Local people should vote with their pockets if they are that bothered. I can put my wages omn that Tesco still being there in 2-years time if it is built.
Funny how Tesco shills thumbs down the truth. Local people should vote with their pockets if they are that bothered. I can put my wages omn that Tesco still being there in 2-years time if it is built. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

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