|Location Map ( geo)
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|M61 • A58 • A666 • A673 • A676
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|Blackburn • Bury • Leigh • Manchester • Preston • St Helens • Wigan
|Places related to the M61
|Places related to the M58
|Places related to the A666
Bolton is a town in the Greater Manchester conurbation located within the traditional county of Lancashire.
Town centre schemes
Like many large towns and cities there were plans in the 1960s to redevelop the town centre and provide a modern road system. The plans called for an inner ring road with the north and east sides being grade separated. The south and west sides would primarily be at-grade.
By the early 1970s the proposals were altered so the junction of the A666 and A673 was simplified into a roundabout interchange. The A666 St Peters Way was already completed as far as St Georges Street by this time. The other changes from the 1960s was the junction of the A673 and the western side of the ring road became a trumpet. Another trumpet was planned for the southwest corner of the ring road.
These plans never came to fruition although the ring road was built in the 1980s to a lower standard.
Bolton has a bypass to the north of the town. It is sometimes referred to as the Ring Road, although it is not a complete ring around the town.
Next came Crompton Way from A666 Blackburn Road to A58 Bury Road. Opened on 24 April 1928 by Sir Henry Maybury, Director General of Roads per the opening plaque. Cost was £230,000. Opened as an extension of A675.
The final section, which completed the bypass, was Moss Bank Way from B6402 Old Kiln Lane to Berkeley Road. The 2.5 mile road opened on 9 December 1938. Cost was £105,000. It completed the Bolton bypass but some stretches of existing unimproved road had to be used. At the west, Victoria Road and the recent Stapleton Avenue connected Beaumont Road to Moss Bank Way. At the north, a short stretch of Berkeley Road and then Cavendish Street connected Moss Bank Way to Crompton Way. No road number was shown on 1938 OS 6 inch map. The full bypass was later renumbered A58.
Highways within Bolton are designed and maintained in house by by Bolton Council. Design and maintenance of traffic signals and decisions relating to the Greater Manchester Key Route Network are made by Transport for Greater Manchester.
Trunk Roads within Bolton
The following is a list of classified roads that are at least partially within Bolton:
|Accessed via A676
|Leeds, Liverpool (M62), Manchester M61 (M60)
|Accessed via A666
|Wigan (A577) (Leigh) (A579)
|M61 (North), Chorley,(A6027)
|Tourist Sign - Firwood Fold
|Smithills Hall Country Park