As part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement (SBNI) scheme, a £944,000 package of highway improvement work will begin in Salford on 19 June.
Designed by Urban Vision on behalf of Salford City Council, the SBNI scheme is designed to make the transport network more efficient by increasing capacity at junctions, improving traffic flow, reducing congestion and improving pedestrian and cyclist provisions throughout Salford and Bolton. Simultaneously, the scheme is also addressing areas of the existing highway that are in a state of deterioration.
The entire scheme will be delivered over 5 phases over the next two years and as well as designing the scheme Urban Vision’s Engineering and Design team will project manage and site supervise the delivery of all works. Other Urban Vision teams have also supported the project including the Highways Design and Traffic and Transportation teams.
The first phase of the scheme will see several improvements in five locations across Salford:
- A6 Manchester Road / Hilton Lane junction
Traffic signals will be upgraded, the junction will be resurfaced, two bus stops will be improved and new bus shelters will be installed.
- Walkden Railway Station
Improved pedestrian crossings and an all vehicle drop off and pick up facility, improved public realm fronting the station and the relocation of bus stops closer to the station.
- Eccles Old Road / Langworthy Road junction
Traffic signals will be upgraded, alterations will be made to the junction to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety and the junction will be resurfaced.
- Seedley Road / Langworthy Road junction
Traffic signals will be upgraded, existing traffic islands will be removed, alterations will be made to the junction to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety and the junction will be resurfaced.
- Fitzwarren Street bus stop
The bus stop will be upgraded and a new shelter will be installed.
The works for the first phase are expected to be completed by the end of 2017 with the subsequent works phases starting closely after. Once complete, the scheme will make the transport network operate more efficiently and make journey times more predictable. In turn this will help to support the economy of the area and improve access to employment opportunities.
Phil Kennedy, Urban Vision Design Director for Major Projects said: “This package of work is the first phase of the SBNI programme, bringing major enhancements to key elements of the Salford highway network. The improvements will create increased highway capacity, whilst also delivering improved bus, pedestrian and cyclist facilities. The teams across Urban Vision have done a great job, working closely together to progress the scheme through GMCA Growth Fund approvals, to a challenging programme associated with funding availability. We are looking forward to implementing the package of works, seeing the benefits that these will bring, and to working together on the remaining SBNI programme of works “