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£4m plan aims to provide solution to Oldham's pothole blight

A £4m plan could rid Oldham of potholes, councillors have claimed. They accepted a multi-million-pound scheme to tackle potholes, improve road safety and secure public footways at a cabinet meeting. 

The funding was secured by the council alongside an ongoing plan to ‘future-proof’ the borough’s roads.

Chris Goodwin, portfolio holder for Don’t Trash Oldham, told the cabinet: “Our residents deserve to have their highways and footpaths maintained. 

“In the last financial year we spent more than any other year repairing potholes. With this funding I think this investment is going to continue.” 

Council leader Arooj Shah added: “It is really important because these are the kinds of things the public judges [the council’s effectiveness] by.” 

Part of the government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, the council has a year to spend the money. And they’ve already set their sights on the Oldham roads in most need of TLC. 

They include Delph Lane in Saddleworth, Rochdale Road in Royton and Kew Road in Failsworth East. 

The funding will also be used for projects such as creating safety measures around schools, better disabled access and traffic calming schemes in Greenfield, Saddleworth North and Shaw. 

This is the full list of roads due to be tackled by the council and how much they’ll cost: 

  • Delph Road / Denshaw Road Lodge Lane to Denshaw Cross Roads (A6052), Saddleworth North – £404,100  
  • Rochdale Road / Kesington Avenue to Boundary (A671), Royton North – £157,625 
  • Wash Brook / Block Lane Stanley Road to Suffolk Street, Chadderton South – £68,125 
  • Props Hall Drive, Failsworth West – £93,575 
  • Wildmoor Avenue, Alexandra – £148,500 
  • Oak Avenue / Ash Grove / Pine Grove, Royton North – £67,600 
  • Delph Lane, Saddleworth North – £192,500 
  • Burnley Lane Elk Mill Roundabout to Mill Brow, Chadderton North – £416,665 
  • Drury Lane Under Lane to Turf Lane, Chadderton South – £164,280 
  • Ninth Avenue, Hollinwood – £201,250 
  • Miller Road, Medlock Vale – £72,300 
  • Vincent Avenue, Waterhead – £33,550 
  • Kew Road, Failsworth East – £85,805 
  • Dingle Avenue / Shore Avenue, Shaw – £157,125

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