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Bollards to stop motorists driving through pedestrianised areas of Oldham

New bollards have been put in place to stop vehicles driving through a pedestrianised area of Oldham town centre.

The street furniture has been installed at entrances to Albion Street (pictured) and Henshaw Street to stop unauthorised drivers from using the High Street.

The area is a car-free zone but some drivers have been going through High Street, stopping the area from being safe place for cyclists and pedestrians.

Now unauthorised vehicles won’t be able to get access to the town centre unless it’s an essential trip or emergency.

Safe and accessible

Leader of Oldham Council Arooj Shah, said: “As a council, we are committed to creating a town centre which is safe and accessible to everyone.

“Oldhamers have told us that they’re concerned about pedestrian safety on the high street so we’re installing these bollards to limit access.

“Not only will this give shoppers peace of mind when they visit, it will also make walking and cycling around the town centre even safer with fewer cars on the road.

“The new bollards also help us to build a better town where we encourage more people to cycle, walk, and use public transport.”

The bollards will be active seven days a week and will only be lowered for authorised vehicles, such as those making deliveries or responding to emergencies.

Series of improvements

This measure is part of Oldham Council’s Accessible Oldham scheme – a series of improvements to make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to travel around the town.

As part of the scheme, the council recently announced the opening of Hilton Square, a new public space with planting, seating and better paving along Albion Street.

Work is also underway on regeneration projects including a new home for Tommyfield Market, new offices within Spindles Shopping Centre and restoration of the Old Library.

Plans have also now been submitted for Oldham’s new £24 million theatre, set to be the new home for Oldham Coliseum.

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