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DECEMBER 6, 2018
A speed limit on a section of a busy Oldham bypass is to be increased by an extra 20mph.
It follows a review carried out by transport bosses in 2010 which looked to set consistent speed lim- its across ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads in Great- er Manchester.
Its aim was to reduce the need for enforcement and minimise com- plaints concerning ‘arbitrary or un- fair’ speed limits.
They found that in Oldham, two parallel highway links had different
BY Charlotte Green Local Democracy Reporter
speed limits – the slip road com- ing off the Oldham Way, leading to Manchester Road, and the one-way link from King Street roundabout along Ashton Road.
The slip road has a 50mph limit, while the one-way link is restricted to 30mph.
But bosses have agreed it will be easier to raise the speed limit on
one road than reduce the other, be- cause of lack of space to put speed signs on the carriageway.
The plan was signed off by cab- inet member for neighbourhood services, Cllr Arooj Shah, as well as the director of environmental ser- vices, Carol Brown.
It will cost £9,700 – funded from the highway operations team – to cover traffic signs, service ducts, and advertising costs. Annual main- tenance costs for signs and lighting, which total just £199, will be met
from the existing council budgets. Increasing the speed was the preferred option, which the decision report states; “will provide a sys- tem of speed management signing that will improve clarity for drivers and reduce the ambiguity for police when carrying out speed enforce-
Before changing a local speed
limit a council has to be satisfied that the benefits exceed any disad- vantages.
Its own legal advice states the
council should assess a number of factors including accident and casualty savings, conditions and facilities for vulnerable road users.
Transport for Greater Manches- ter, Greater Manchester Police, the Fire Service, and North West Am- bulance Service were all consulted – but none of the services com- mented on the proposal.
Ward councillors in Coldhurst and Werneth were consulted, and Mayor Javid Iqbal said he support- ed the plan.
FEEL THE FORCE: Members of the Super Car Spa team.
A new car detailing centre in Ashton launched their business with a fun day to raise money for the We Love Manchester appeal.
Super Car Spa Drive Thru, just off Henrietta Street, held a fun day on Sunday November 11 with a wide range of attractions including food stalls and refreshments, Star Wars characters and fireworks.
The day raised nearly £500 for the ‘We Love Manchester’ Charity.
Owner Buka (Bux) Amjad said: “I want to thank everyone sincerely for taking the time and the effort to come down and donate.
“I’m just overwhelmed with the outcome and the result that we’ve achieved. Everyone is welcome here, we’re a new business, we’re upcom- ing and thriving.”
Bux was delighted with the day and the amount that was raised. During the day all the wash, drys and polish- es that were completed, the Car Spa donated to the charity.
Bux said: “We also had a massive fireworks display at half past six just after we’d closed.
“It was a really good outcome. I’m overwhelmed with what we’ve done, it was just a great day.”
DONATION: For We Love Manchester.
Charity drive cleans up

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