New pedestrian crossing and permanent traffic lights to be installed on Worsley Brow

In February 2023 Salford City Council introduced a trial of temporary signals on Worsley Brow in an effort to balance the flow of traffic at the Court House roundabout and to improve safety by giving all approaches an equal chance to join it. The signals stop traffic approaching the roundabout from the North, allowing vehicles on the other approaches to join the roundabout.

The signals are located on the south-bound carriageway of Worsley Brow, just south of where the M60 crosses overhead and are being monitored by cameras and sensors. Passive sensors were also placed further away from the roundabout, collecting traffic volume data before the trial started as well as throughout, to provide a complete picture of its impact on the network.

Having reviewed the collected data, we know traffic flow at the roundabout has become fairer and more balanced. We have also seen a significant improvement to bus journey times. 

What is happening?

After thorough and thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to remove the temporary lights at the Court House roundabout and install a new crossing.

As we continue our work alongside Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to make sustainable transport more accessible and reliable, Salford City Council have decided to build on the improvements achieved during the trial and install a signalised pedestrian crossing where the temporary signals are located, on both sides of Worsley Brow. Pedestrians will see modern and safe crossing facilities introduced.

In addition to the push-button facility, these signals will also continue to help to control traffic flow at the roundabout with queue sensors installed on Worsley Road and Barton Road. This will help to preserve the bus journey time benefit as well provide easier and safer pedestrian access to bus stops.

Throughout the trial we have received some complaints from residents about the operation of the temporary signals and we would like to assure you that the permanent system will be a lot more stable and offers more functionality, and reliability. Urban Traffic Control will also have better control of the signals and be able to make real-time adjustments remotely, if required.

This decision aims to enhance the roundabout's overall balance, offer improved access in all directions, and create a safer and more enjoyable environment for pedestrians.

When will the works take place?

The works will take place during school holidays when traffic volumes are reduced. They are due to commence on 22 July for six weeks with a planned completion on 30 August. Working hours will be Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

What traffic restrictions will be in place?

There will be temporary lane closures at and on the approach to the roundabout throughout the works during off-peak hours only, between 9.30am to 3.30pm. In addition, sections of the footway will need to be closed and alternative pedestrian routes will be provided along with appropriate signage. 

Possible traffic restrictions will include lane closures on Worsley Brow, Worsley Road, Barton Road, M60 slip road and Court House roundabout.

Towards the end of the project, we will also need to close some road sections near the roundabout overnight for resurfacing. More details on this will be published on this page nearer the time.

Please note the contractor will be setting up their works and welfare facilities on the grounds of the Worsley Court House Car Park so parking capacity will be reduced.

Notices will be placed on local bus stops for more information about any temporary bus stop relocation or bus route diversions required during the works. 

Please contact SalfordRoadWorks@salford.gov.uk if you have any questions in the meantime.

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