Final stage of new Bolton cycle route gets green light

The disused Bolton to Bury rail line which is to be a new walking and cycling route, pictured near to Gorses Road, Breightmet

The disused Bolton to Bury rail line which is to be a new walking and cycling route, pictured near to Gorses Road, Breightmet

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THE final stage of a new cycle path through Darcy Lever and Breightmet has been given the go ahead.

Councillors approved the final section of the new Bolton East Cycle Way, running from Scholey Street to Gorses Road over St Peter’s Way, Burnden Viaduct, the disused railway and Darcy Lever Viaduct, crossing St Peter’s Way.

It will link up with a second part of the path, approved in February, from Gorses Road along the New House Farm playing fields down to the old Bury-Bolton railway line.

Residents of Lower Darcy Street and Woodside Place attended the planning committee to complain that the new path could lead to a rise in anti-social behaviour, and opening up the viaduct could mean an increase in suicides.

Woodside Place resident Brian Olive told the committee: “My big concern is there will be more vandalism to the properties next to the cycle way.

“Kids might start throwing stones onto the houses below.”

In response councillors decided to ‘cage’ the portion of the cycle way which runs over the Darcy Lever viaduct, to protect the residents below.

Cllr Bob Allen told the committee: “I have never been that supportive of cycleways on main roads, I think they are dangerous.

“But I am a big supporter of off-road cycle ways — it gets people out for healthy exercise, and it gets people off the roads.

“I wonder whether we can also have a cover over the bridge over St Peter’s Way, I don’t want to see kids throwing rocks on to cars travelling at 50mph.”

Additional cycle paths will also be created on roads near to the University of Bolton, to link with Scholey Street.

The path will form part of the National Cycle Network, a series of safe traffic-free lanes and quiet on-road routes across the UK.

Cllr Nick Peel, head of environmental services, said the path had been funded through ring-fenced government money, dedicated to creating more cycle ways.

He added: “It is part of our agenda to encourage more cycling as an alternative form of transport by making cycle routes safer, and the safest are off-road.”

Bolton Council voted to name a cycle way after Olympic star Jason Kenny back in 2012, but a spokesman for the authority said they had not decided whether to name this path after the double gold medallist.

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3:48pm Sat 30 Aug 14

aido1608 says...

It will give the kids somewhere to ride there dirt bikes
It will give the kids somewhere to ride there dirt bikes aido1608
  • Score: -2

5:01pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Sickandtiredoffit says...

Oh yes quads bikes and off roaders will love this they can scream up and down all day and even get to other places to p##s even more people off on sundays
Oh yes quads bikes and off roaders will love this they can scream up and down all day and even get to other places to p##s even more people off on sundays Sickandtiredoffit
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Sat 30 Aug 14

atlas123 says...

Sickandtiredoffit wrote:
Oh yes quads bikes and off roaders will love this they can scream up and down all day and even get to other places to p##s even more people off on sundays
If it is done like the other parts of the cycle route then there will be barriers, step panels and chicanes to stop the use of motorbikes.
[quote][p][bold]Sickandtiredoffit[/bold] wrote: Oh yes quads bikes and off roaders will love this they can scream up and down all day and even get to other places to p##s even more people off on sundays[/p][/quote]If it is done like the other parts of the cycle route then there will be barriers, step panels and chicanes to stop the use of motorbikes. atlas123
  • Score: 13

6:59pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Endoxa says...

Councillor Nick Peel...“It is part of our agenda to encourage more cycling as an alternative form of transport by making cycle routes safer, and the safest are off-road.” They would be the safest, given the number of POTHOLES on the roads!!
Councillor Nick Peel...“It is part of our agenda to encourage more cycling as an alternative form of transport by making cycle routes safer, and the safest are off-road.” They would be the safest, given the number of POTHOLES on the roads!! Endoxa
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Wolfie190 says...

I hope the chavs and their pit bikes round there cant get on.
I hope the chavs and their pit bikes round there cant get on. Wolfie190
  • Score: -2

9:30pm Sat 30 Aug 14

albertmodley says...

aido1608 wrote:
It will give the kids somewhere to ride there dirt bikes
Or distribute their drugs?
[quote][p][bold]aido1608[/bold] wrote: It will give the kids somewhere to ride there dirt bikes[/p][/quote]Or distribute their drugs? albertmodley
  • Score: -6

10:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As much as I'd like to see this to be re-open for rail/metrolink traffic I do believe the cycle scheme is the second best option. It also keeps it free from development with future possibility of bringing the metrolink to Bolton. Finally some positivity from Bolton Council! Two iconic visual masterpieces of the Bolton sky-line born again.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. As much as I'd like to see this to be re-open for rail/metrolink traffic I do believe the cycle scheme is the second best option. It also keeps it free from development with future possibility of bringing the metrolink to Bolton. Finally some positivity from Bolton Council! Two iconic visual masterpieces of the Bolton sky-line born again. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 10

12:15am Sun 31 Aug 14

Love Bolton says...

This is fantastic! I can't wait to use it with my family.

Was there any information on how long it would take to open?
This is fantastic! I can't wait to use it with my family. Was there any information on how long it would take to open? Love Bolton
  • Score: 10
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