With roadworks around Four Lane Ends in Bolton expected to last more than 18 months, planners came up with a novel solution to minimise traffic congestion in 1969 - they built a new road to cope with the diverted traffic.

The Bolton News: Four Lane Ends, 1969

This was the scene on St Helens Road with the diversion route being created.

It was needed because St Helens Road would require bridgework to carry it over extensions to the M61.

We hope that the driver of the road roller had passed his test and that the L-plate was just a joke.