HIGHWAY improvements costing about £200,000 will soon be carried out in Mossley.
The work, which includes a puffin crossing, is earmarked for a stretch of road outside St George’s CoE Primary, Stamford Street.An update about the project was given to Mossley Town Council by Lee Holland, Tameside Council’s head of environmental services.
He revealed Tameside and Oldham Councils made a joint bid for funds from a Government pot of money allocated for road safety to make improvements to the A670 between Ashton, Mossley and Oldham.
The road was identified as a potential accident blackspot, though Mr Holland added that did not mean it was not necessarily already one.
Mr Holland pointed out there will be a puffin crossing, which usually cost about £60,000, and other measures to reduce the speed of cars such as installing ‘rumble strips’ as well as improving street lighting.
A bus stop will have to be moved between 50 and 60 metres because of the new road layout.
Mr Holland assed the local authority is going through the legal process of issuing Traffic Regulation Orders to advertise the work.
Providing there are no objections, work will begin during the half-term school holidays in February and be completed by the end of March.
The puffin crossing will replace the school crossing patrol which the town council has helped finance after Tameside Council cut it.
Now in its third year, the town council and St George’s each contribute half the cost.