Bolton has among the fastest drivers in the country, according to new research published this week.

The borough was placed eighth in the country for the average speed motorists travel at.

The research was carried out by with data from the Department for Transport. The study found that on A roads and on motorways, Bolton’s drivers average a speed of 63.22 mph.

Blackburn with Darwen took second place, with an average speed of 66.06 for drivers in the Lancashire authority.

The M65 was the main road in the authority, with average speeds across it, giving the area the title of having the second-fastest drivers and the area with the fastest drivers in the North West as well. 

The research was published just days after The Bolton News revealed that the boroughs roads are twice as deadly as its neighbours.

The police have been carrying out an operation to crackdown on speeding drivers - and  community speed watches have been given the green light, where residents can use speed cameras.

Operation Portman was launched more than two years ago in response to concerns over the number of serious road incidents in the town.

Since then hundreds of drivers have been reported, with police saying they have recorded speeds of twice the limit.

Officers say that at 30mph around 20 per cent of pedestrians would receive fatal injuries.

Above this, the survival rate reduces dramatically with 50 per cent being killed at 35mph and 90 per cent at 40mph.

Officers said that the operation has resulted in a huge reduction in serious injuries in Bolton.

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Cllr Mudasir Dean, cabinet member for stronger communities, wants to implement a community speed watch as soon as possible, which would see members of the community voluntarily perform similar roles as police officers in a bid to slow Bolton’s

He said: “We’ve been speaking to Greater Manchester Police for some time, and we’re motorists down. very keen to get a community speed watch in Bolton. In fact, we’ve been given the green light a couple of weeks ago.

“GMP will be recruiting people to train them to use the equipment – that will take some time.

The Bolton News: Cllr Mudasir DeanCllr Mudasir Dean

“People from the community will have to volunteer their time. I know that plenty of people, especially those from my ward of Bradshaw, will want to come forward.

“They will get trained up with special equipment and go out and monitor cars.”

The volunteers will not have the same powers that GMP officers do. They will not be able to dish out fines, for example, but the drivers they catch will receive a warning.

Cllr Dean added: “Speeding is an issue in Bolton, and this report highlights that. Myself and councillors from all over the borough often get reports of speeding and we can see if for ourselves.

“I must say that Greater Manchester Police in Bolton are far more visible now than they were a year ago on our roads. I’ve been out with them myself and the work they do is really effective.”