NEW images show how Bolton's road network could be transformed under a multi-million pound new cycling and pedestrian scheme.

People are now being urged to have their say on the plans which have gone out for public consultation.

Under the proposals, road junctions will be redesigned and new crossings installed.

The scheme is part of Metro Mayor Andy Burnham's £160 million Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund. It would form part of the Bee Network, which aims to create the largest cycling and walking network in the UK.

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(Churchgate before and after)

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Cllr Stuart Haslam, Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We have been examining in depth for several months now on how to make walking and cycling in the town centre a safer and a more attractive option, and to improve the environment to all visitors to our town.

“These proposals are just an example of some of the improvements that could be made to provide safer space and improve road safety for all, and we want to hear from you.

“We realise, of course, that active travel is not a realistic or desirable option for everyone. This is why we wish to introduce changes which will improve the road network for all responsible users – walkers, cyclists and motorists.”

The proposals include:

•Redesigning eight junctions to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, by providing fully segregated cycling and walking facilities controlled by traffic signals (known as Cyclops junctions)

•Introducing four toucan crossings: on Turton Street to provide a link to the retail park, Chorley Street and St Helena Road; Deansgate, and Bradshawgate

•Designating two streets – Bromwich Street and Dorset Street - as ‘quiet’ streets by using symbols to highlight presence of cyclists and enhancing junction crossings

•Introducing new segregated cycle lanes on Bradshawgate; Great Moor Street, and St George’s St

•Upgrading two subways under St Peters Way

•Improving public realm with new paving, furniture and street lighting.

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(Bradford Street / Bromwich Street before and after (below)

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Further details of the proposals are online:

Local residents have the opportunity to look over the proposals and provide thoughts or feedback by Sunday, November 22.

Feedback received will be used to develop the scheme.

Following further development of the plans, the council will seek the funding needed for the scheme.