Salford Bolton Network Improvements (SBNI) on A666 Bolton Road between Rivington Crescent and Irlams o’ th’ Height Roundabout

Improvement works on A666 between Rivington Crescent and Irlams o’ th’ Height roundabout are due to start on 4 March 2024. The works are part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvements (SBNI) Programme, promoted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Salford City Council.

What is SBNI?

The SBNI programme involves a series of local transport network improvements across Salford and Bolton, with the aim of making travel easier for everyone including public transport users, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. In particular, bus passengers will see shorter, more reliable journey times. The improvements delivered through the SBNI programme will also help encourage economic growth by providing better access to employment opportunities, and health, education and leisure facilities. Funding for the improvements has been supported by Central Government through the Greater Manchester Growth Deal programme. More information can be found on the TfGM website.

The A666 Bolton Road between Rivington Crescent and Irlams o’ th’ Height roundabout scheme is one of seven packages of work to be delivered in Salford, and is the last package to be completed within the SBNI programme.

Works on the scheme originally commenced in August 2020. During the works it was found that a number of underground utility services required diversion and the works were subsequently suspended. The scheme has since been retendered and the works are now scheduled to re-start on Monday 4 March 2024.

What will the scheme do?

More than 100,000 people in Bolton and Salford use buses for both work and leisure so the scheme is about improving bus reliability to get you to your destinations quickly and easily. The more reliable the buses, the more people will choose them as a way to get around which will help to ease congestion on the roads.

As part of this scheme, a dedicated peak hour bus lane towards Manchester will be introduced with peak hour parking restrictions to speed up bus journeys. The road will be fully resurfaced, bus stops improved and pedestrian crossing facilities made safer and better, including the installation of a new Toucan crossing near Westwood Drive.

The scheme will be built by AE Yates and, as part of their social value contribution to the project, they are committed to creating more employment opportunities and initiatives for local people, upskilling and educating disadvantaged and young people in the area, as well using local suppliers and subcontractors to construct the scheme, directly supporting the local economy.

When and where will the work take place?

The works will start on 4 March 2024 and are due to complete in summer 2024. Working hours will be 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Work that impacts traffic flow will be carried out off-peak, between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The work along the A666 will be done in sections. When we are working in these areas we will ask all residents and businesses to park elsewhere for safety while the work is completed.

We have provided indicative dates below of where we will be working and when. Please bear in mind however, that these dates may be subject to change as the works progress.

Towards the end of the project, we will also need to close sections of the road overnight for carriageway resurfacing. These closures will only take place on weeknights, between 7pm and 6am. Full details on this will be provided nearer the time.

Work area Indicative dates
Osbourne Drive to Hawthorne Lodge March 2024
Westwood Drive to Beverley Road April 2024
Irlams o’ th’ Height roundabout to Westwood Drive May/June 2024
Night shifts for carriageway re-surfacing June/July 2024

For information about any temporary bus stop relocation or bus route diversions required during the works, please visit the TfGM website.

The works’ welfare site will be situated at the Stanwell Road/Partington Lane car park with a designated access route via the A580 / A666. There will also be a material storage site in the car park adjacent to Rabbit Hill Playing Fields but there will not be any generators stored there.

If you would like to receive future updates on this project from Salford City Council, please email

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