Bolton 20mph speed limit plan delayed by cash shortage

A car passes the 20mph sign in Smithills Croft Road

A car passes the 20mph sign in Smithills Croft Road

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A TWO-year plan to make all of Bolton's residential streets 20mph zones has been delayed due to a shortage of cash.

More than a year after councillors voted on the proposals, leaders say that only “limited progress” has been made in the town.

They have now called on the government to intervene and invest more funding into Bolton.

Cllr Norman Critchley, who put forward the “20’s plenty” motion in April, 2013, said: “The council is not getting on as quickly as I would have hoped.

“There is a problem with cash and we have got to tread a very careful line to do it.

“If everyone knew all residential roads in Bolton are 20mph, it would send a very positive message for anyone coming into the town.”

Councillors say the plans would make Bolton’s roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But transport bosses say it is unlikely that all of Bolton’s residential roads will be 20mph within the two-year time frame set out.

Horwich town centre became the biggest 20mph zone in the borough earlier this year, after almost £18,000 was spent on speed restrictions. Some roads in Smithills have also had 20 mph signs installed after residents called for changes.

A report by the Transport Select Committee has now called on the government to make it “easier and cheaper” for local authorities like Bolton Council to introduce 20mph speed limits on high-risk roads.

Highways boss Cllr David Chadwick said it would take a “substantial sum of money” to fund the scheme — to cover the price of signage and legal traffic orders.

He added: “All councillors are supportive of residential roads having a 20mph speed limit, but there is a cost to it, and in this current financial climate where we keep seeing budgets cut it is difficult.”

Cllr Critchley added: “Within my ward of Bromley Cross which has roads like Darwen Road, Blackburn Road and Chapeltown Road, it would be virtually impossible to make it 20mph.

“But you can introduce it for all the areas around it and it means that if an accident does happen a pedestrian or cyclist is more likely to survive.”

Green Party member Alwynne Cartmell, part of Bolton’s 20’s plenty campaign, said the council needed to “seriously focus” on the issue.

She said: “I do release with so many constraints on their budget it is difficult — but enlarging the 20mph areas would reduce costs to the police and NHS.

“In many places, Bolton people are seriously afraid of crossing the roads. Zebra crossings and red lights are often ignored by motorists.

“How many serious accidents do we need in Bolton before this is treated as a priority?”

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6:48am Wed 20 Aug 14

breightmet kid says...

Bolton News do your homework before you publish.

The whole of the top of Withins estate has been 20mph for years.

Ask anyone who live there and they will tell you it doesn't work as the boy racers use the humps like something off Blackpool Pleasure Beach and others dont keep to the limit. A total waste of money.

Perhaps Councillor Critchley will be the first man in Bolton to carry a red flag in front of a slow moving motor vehicle. Rather fun seeing as he is a Tory representative.

The money being allocated to these daft schemes would be better placed on useful community schemes, one of which should be the re-instatement of Breightmet Park, land sold off by the Council to build houses and create more traffic.
Bolton News do your homework before you publish. The whole of the top of Withins estate has been 20mph for years. Ask anyone who live there and they will tell you it doesn't work as the boy racers use the humps like something off Blackpool Pleasure Beach and others dont keep to the limit. A total waste of money. Perhaps Councillor Critchley will be the first man in Bolton to carry a red flag in front of a slow moving motor vehicle. Rather fun seeing as he is a Tory representative. The money being allocated to these daft schemes would be better placed on useful community schemes, one of which should be the re-instatement of Breightmet Park, land sold off by the Council to build houses and create more traffic. breightmet kid
  • Score: 15

7:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

Delyth says...

Would have been yet another waste of money anyway. People don't observe current speed limits or any other rule of the road either for that matter. The speed limit through Bolton Hospital is 15 mph. A speed gun up there would show that most people drive in excess of that through there. Most don't even drive on the correct side of the road particularly when turning right into the car parks, nor do they observe double yellow lines either on Minerva road or in the hospital itself. These aren't young Asian youths who usually get the blame for bad driving these are mostly white, middle class, people who are old enough to realise the consequences of their actions.
Would have been yet another waste of money anyway. People don't observe current speed limits or any other rule of the road either for that matter. The speed limit through Bolton Hospital is 15 mph. A speed gun up there would show that most people drive in excess of that through there. Most don't even drive on the correct side of the road particularly when turning right into the car parks, nor do they observe double yellow lines either on Minerva road or in the hospital itself. These aren't young Asian youths who usually get the blame for bad driving these are mostly white, middle class, people who are old enough to realise the consequences of their actions. Delyth
  • Score: 17

8:37am Wed 20 Aug 14

RealisticMoi says...

What a joke and a waste of money.
What a joke and a waste of money. RealisticMoi
  • Score: 12

8:42am Wed 20 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

lets all get together and tell the council this is a waste of money and then wait and see how long it is until they listen to the people of Bolton ime not holding my breath lets just waste a few more million theirs loads in the pot !!!!
lets all get together and tell the council this is a waste of money and then wait and see how long it is until they listen to the people of Bolton ime not holding my breath lets just waste a few more million theirs loads in the pot !!!! Terry McC
  • Score: 10

9:55am Wed 20 Aug 14

Sean kingston says...

Only a woman...............
.would overtake blind
Only a woman............... .would overtake blind Sean kingston
  • Score: -4

10:24am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cakelly says...

Well done Bolton Council, spend thousands of pounds putting signs up on roads that it's difficult to get over 20 MPH anyway, while making people redundant & closing Day centres to save money! Seems logical to me! NOT!
Well done Bolton Council, spend thousands of pounds putting signs up on roads that it's difficult to get over 20 MPH anyway, while making people redundant & closing Day centres to save money! Seems logical to me! NOT! Cakelly
  • Score: 14

2:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

More money wasted. the council should invest in more useful things like getting this town back on track
More money wasted. the council should invest in more useful things like getting this town back on track johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 11

3:46pm Wed 20 Aug 14

I.careless2 says...

As one who lives near green lane in horwich which has recently gone 20 MPH
I agree it a joke the cars are stil screaming down there at 60 mph +
and again I agree it not always kids but middle aged rorn again teenage men
and some I know who have grown up families who should know better than to speed around a childrens playground
I had one driver last week came screeching up behind me and then proceeded to harass me while I was driving up Green lane, needless to say I didn't speed up and I was given a tirade of verbal abuse and more than one hand signal again from a middle aged born again teenage male
the only way you will sop this arrogant behaviour is to make them responsible for their actions and hit them where it hurts in the pocket
Properly Monitored neighbourhood CCTV would be very effective on estates like ours and the police could prosecute off the pictures, and use them for other safety issues on the estate
But I am sure plenty who do the speeding and don't want their streets and homes watching for other reasons !! will find an excuse as to why this will not work.
Watch this space and they will reveal themselves
As one who lives near green lane in horwich which has recently gone 20 MPH I agree it a joke the cars are stil screaming down there at 60 mph + and again I agree it not always kids but middle aged rorn again teenage men and some I know who have grown up families who should know better than to speed around a childrens playground I had one driver last week came screeching up behind me and then proceeded to harass me while I was driving up Green lane, needless to say I didn't speed up and I was given a tirade of verbal abuse and more than one hand signal again from a middle aged born again teenage male the only way you will sop this arrogant behaviour is to make them responsible for their actions and hit them where it hurts in the pocket Properly Monitored neighbourhood CCTV would be very effective on estates like ours and the police could prosecute off the pictures, and use them for other safety issues on the estate But I am sure plenty who do the speeding and don't want their streets and homes watching for other reasons !! will find an excuse as to why this will not work. Watch this space and they will reveal themselves I.careless2
  • Score: 4

3:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

smithillschap says...

The 20mph zones must be cheaper than installing the new speed humps that they've put on Church Road. Drivers don't slow down, simply move to the middle of the road. Following complaints about the effectiveness of these, apparently the council said that they were satisfactory as it was the driver's choice to drive in the middle of the road, and the majority don't. (That'll be the same drivers that drive under 30mph). They should stand outside The Finishers for half an hour and have a look...
The 20mph zones must be cheaper than installing the new speed humps that they've put on Church Road. Drivers don't slow down, simply move to the middle of the road. Following complaints about the effectiveness of these, apparently the council said that they were satisfactory as it was the driver's choice to drive in the middle of the road, and the majority don't. (That'll be the same drivers that drive under 30mph). They should stand outside The Finishers for half an hour and have a look... smithillschap
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

What a silly waste of money. For us who stick to 20/30 mph its a nightmare with cars speeding up to overtake. Unfortunately today when this happened today in Blackrod on a 30 road a child and elderly woman with a frame were crossing ahead and were almost hit. Car driver too busy honking horn at me to notice them. I stopped as they were both shook up and woman crying. Shame on you driver!!
What a silly waste of money. For us who stick to 20/30 mph its a nightmare with cars speeding up to overtake. Unfortunately today when this happened today in Blackrod on a 30 road a child and elderly woman with a frame were crossing ahead and were almost hit. Car driver too busy honking horn at me to notice them. I stopped as they were both shook up and woman crying. Shame on you driver!! Blackrod
  • Score: 5

7:14am Thu 21 Aug 14

Nattynoo1 says...

Cash shortage??? Really??? But the council are going to spend 6.5 million on renovating the town hall!! Honestly it is an absolute joke!
Cash shortage??? Really??? But the council are going to spend 6.5 million on renovating the town hall!! Honestly it is an absolute joke! Nattynoo1
  • Score: 0

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