A traffic island is finally set to be installed following a campaign after a schoolgirl was knocked over.

Residents have been campaigning for a crossing on Turton Road since the accident happened in January last year.

Kathryn Henderson created a petition calling for a pelican crossing not long after the accident, which achieved 2,529 signatures.

Ward councillor Cllr Nadim Muslim previously told The Bolton News that himself and ward councillors Cllr Sam Connor and Cllr Amy Cowen would still like to see a full zebra crossing installed, which is under review.

Cllr Muslim said: “We have been waiting for quite a while for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to remove a bus shelter and to move a bus stop.

“Letters went out to residents about the bus stop moving.

“People have been asking for a crossing on Turton Road for many years.

“It shows the strength of the public feeling about having a crossing.”

He did admit that it was “frustrating” that it has taken so long for action to be taken on installing the crossing, but he explained that it was dealt with by TfGM and that this was dependent on workload, and the fact they also look after other areas.

Cllr Muslim added: “Myself and my other councillors joined the residents during their campaign.

“It’s a shame we needed to wait for an incident, but it is happening.

“We have constantly been contacting TfGM about this.

“Hopefully it gives residents and school children a safe place to cross.

“There is no form of crossing down the whole of Turton Road.

“Hopefully now, people will feel a bit more comfortable crossing the road, and it will act as a traffic calming measure and drivers will be more conscious of their speed.”

The crossing is expected to be installed during the October half term, and residents are happy to have something, although they previously called for a pelican crossing.

A local resident and campaigner said: “I didn’t think it was going to happen because it had been so long.

“I am absolutely made up, and everybody’s support has meant so much.

“Hopefully further down the line there will be a proper crossing in place.

“It’s really needed.

“The only other crossing is on Hospital Road.

“I am relieved because the community on that end seems to be a bit older, and of course it will be better for the school children too.

“It’s going to benefit everybody.

“It’s a shame it’s taken so long for something to have happened.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everybody for their support.”

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