The “bulk of work” on a major road reworking project is expected to be done over the next year according to the latest estimates.

The Streets for All scheme in Farnworth is intended to form part of the wider regeneration of the town by widening the streets around the Market Street area to make them more attractive to visitors.

At a meeting of Bolton Council this month council cabinet member for planning, housing and highways Cllr Hamid Khurram said he expected construction work to be tendered later this year.

He said: “We want to assure the people of Farnworth that Farnworth town centre regeneration is a priority for us and we are committed to making Farnworth a better place to live.”

The Bolton News: Plans setting out the Streets for All schemePlans setting out the Streets for All scheme (Image: Public)

The Streets for All scheme has been intended to follow on from the Farnworth town centre masterplan and aims to encourage more people to visit the shops and businesses around Market Street.

It aims to do so with wider pavements, smoother surfaces and improved drainage in the area as well as traffic management measures.

The scheme also plans for more greenery with trees intended to be planted along the way.

At a full meeting of Bolton Council earlier this month Cllr Khurram had been responding to questions put by Cllr Paul Sanders, of Farnworth South, who had been standing in for his colleague Cllr Maureen Flitcroft.

He had called for an “overarching update” on the “much anticipated” scheme.

Cllr Khurram said that the scheme was being monitored by council leader Cllr Nick Peel and explained that the work would be split across two phases.

The first phase is planned to take place from King Street to Frederick Street.

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He said that the construction was expected to be tendered later this year with the “bulk of the work” expected to be carried out next year.

Cllr Khurram said that the second phase would then extend the scheme to Gladstone Road and South Longcauseway, which was currently as the “outline design” phase.

He said: “Thus phase is dependent on a full business case approval process.”

In this case the works were expected to be tendered in late 2024 and to be delivered in 2025.