Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

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There was standing room only at the public meeting, which was attended by local councillors. Speak- ing after the meeting Mr Green said: “The strength of feeling against these proposals was clear.” He said he would raise the points made at the gathering with Bolton Council and added: “It was clear that there was huge interest in the cam- paign for a Junction 7.” Speaking before organising the meeting, he said: “It is clear that we need significant improvements. Per- sonally, I think the biggest improve- ment to the weight of traffic on De Havilland Way would be the delivery of Junction 7 on the M61. “I have previously raised this with Bolton Council and will highlight to them that they need to work with Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council and Highways England to get this project delivered.” The decision not to build Junction 7 on the M61 was taken in the 1960s. A petition calling for it to be built has been launched. Horwich town councillor Steve Chadwick is also lobbying for action. In a letter to the MP, he said: “Feed- back I have received is that the people of Horwich are fundamentally against these flawed plans. “There is widespread belief that the best way to reduce congestion in Horwich on Chorley New Road and De Havilland Way, including the Beehive area is to reduce the volume of traffic. “Chorley New Road and De Havil- land Way at peak times are at capac- ity. The biggest single way to assist in reducing the congestion is to provide an alternative relief road. “Whilst the spine road on the Loco Works should help the Beehive but create a bottle neck at the Spirit of Sport, the single best thing HM gov- ernment can do is work with Bolton Council, Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council and the relevant town councils and install the missing M61 J7 at Anderton, which was planned but never built. “Whether this is a full junction as planned, where the main Hor- wich-Chorley road passes under the M61, or just Northern slip roads to assist with traffic heading to and from M6/Preston, or modifying the services into a full junction, it is clear a Junction 7 is required! We cannot continue to have development without the required infrastructure. “I urge you to feedback that Bolton Council’s Beehive plans are not wel- come by the people of Horwich and to work with Bolton Council, Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, Transport for the North, Transport Secretary, Commons Speaker and Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle and any other key stakeholders to raise the case for Junction 7 before and above any other local road improve- ment plans.” If Bolton Council’s corridor scheme bid is successful, the cash to fund the work it is proposing would come from round two of the government’s Level- ling Up Fund. Announcing the plan, Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox said: “This is a transformational bid that will improve the traffic flow around Horwich, Westhoughton and the sur- rounding area. “We know full well the frustrations that drivers have with traffic issues in this part of the borough, and this bid is a direct result of our listen- ing to the concerns and priorities of our residents.” Fare’s fair on the buses GREATER Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has announced his intention to accelerate the introduction of affordable bus fares to help people with the cost- of-living crisis. From September 1, he plans to cap single journey fares at £1 for children and £2 for adults. In addition, there will be a new £5 daily ticket people can buy which will allow for unlimited travel on all operators. Subject to agreement with the government and bus operators, the new fare structure will come in a year earlier than originally planned and apply across the whole of Greater Manchester from day one. As a result of this move, Mr Burnham is calling on people across Greater Manchester to support the building of the new London-style Bee Network by switching to public transport and helping make the new fare system financially sustainable in the long term. He said: “In March, I announced our plans for £2 capped single fares for adults and £1 for children, to be introduced from autumn 2023 as we began to franchise our bus network. “Given the immense financial pressure the cost-of-living pres- sures are putting on the people of our city-region, I am announc- ing my intention to introduce these fares on September 1 this year, subject to agreement with government and bus operators. “Alongside these affordable single fares, we will also intro- duce a £5 daily ticket which will offer unlimited travel on all bus operators within Greater Manchester. “My message to the people of our city-region is simple: Greater Manchester needs you. Use pub- lic transport and make the most of these affordable fares. Only you can make this sustainable. To make affordable and capped fares permanent, we need peo- ple to take the bus. We’re on an exciting journey and we need the whole of the city region to get behind it. Franchising our buses, bringing them back under public control, and lowering fares are a key part of creating the Bee Net- work– the London-style trans- port system – that our region needs and deserves. However, we now need more people to support our public transport system by using it.” Mr Burnham is planning to use funding that the gov- ernment has indicated it will provide to Greater Manchester for its Bus Service Improve- ment Plan (BSIP) to implement the bus fare caps for an initial 12-month period. However, as Greater Manches- ter only received around half of the BSIP funding it says it needs from government, it has indi- cated that the fare caps will need to be reviewed annually, with the first review in September 2023. Gary Nolan, chief executive of OneBus, the Greater Manchester bus operators association, said: “Local bus companies are keen to play their part in encouraging more people to use buses as an easy, environmentally-friendly way of getting around the region. “This financial support to cap bus fares across the region will help do this and will benefit the bus network and passengers in the long run. We’re pleased to support it.”