ROUNDABOUTS on one of Bolton's busiest junctions could become traffic light controlled junctions under  £50m plans to relieve congestion.

Proposals drawn up for the De Havilland Way scheme -which takes in Beehive Roundabout, the Spirit of Sport Roundabout, the A6 De Havilland Way Roundabout and at Junction 6 of the M61 - include converting roundabouts  on Chorley New Road/ De Havilland, Spirit of Sport and Chorley Road and De Havilland Way to become 'signalised junctions'.

Traffic signals would also be installed at junction six of the M61 as well other improvements.

There would fully segregated walking and cycling facilities along De Havilland Way. Potential changes are also being proposed to Austin's Lane to support the movement of traffic as part of the revised Beehive Junction.

The proposed De Havilland Way Corridor Scheme has been developed as part of the government’s £50m Levelling Up Fund Round Two.

It is designed to ease congestion for cars and buses at peak times, as well as to improve walking and cycling facilities and create a better-connected network that can accommodate future growth.

Now residents and those who work and travel through the area are invited to have their say to help shape proposals.

Residents in Bolton are invited to share their views on the De Havilland Way junction improvements.

Horwich councillor,Marie Brady said: "De Havilland Way is a key route for local and regional journeys travelling from the M61 and local areas to large retail and leisure activities including Middlebrook Retail Park, Bolton Arena and Bolton Wanderer's football stadium.

"Currently, the area is subject to high volumes of traffic at peak times, which leads to congestion and creates travel barriers for those walking and cycling in the area.

"To improve travelling through the area, the proposals include a package of improvements along De Havilland Way."

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Cllr Martyn Cox, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “This is a transformational bid that will improve the traffic flow around Horwich, Westhoughton and the surrounding area.

“We know full well the frustrations that drivers have with traffic issues in this part of the borough, and this bid is a direct result of our listening to the concerns and priorities of our residents.

“A road scheme of this kind allows us to bid for the maximum Levelling Up amount of up to £50m, ensuring the largest potential benefit for people in Horwich and Westhoughton.”

Chris Green MP for Bolton West and Atherton said: “Since I was first elected, I have been campaigning for improved transport infrastructure for my constituents.

“I am pleased that Bolton Council are putting in a bid for £50m of transport investment for my constituents, this will reduce congestion whilst protecting our green spaces.”

The consultation is now open and residents are asked to share their views on the proposal.

Residents are also invited to a public event on Monday June 6, representatives from Bolton Council and AECOM will be hosting a public engagement event from 3pm to 8pm at Horwich RMI (BL6 5NH).

You are invited to attend the event to look at plans, ask questions and provide any feedback on the proposals.

To find out more and have your say visit:

Consultation closes on June 10.