Ashton monument is to be moved eight yards!


The Hurst Cross memorial in Ashton-under-Lyne

A landmark monument is on the move eight yards down the road.;">

Town hall bosses have applied for planning permission to permanently shift Ashton’s Hurst Cross monument as part of road safety work.

Three children were knocked down at the junction of Kings Road and Nook Lane between 2010 and 2012, and the council hopes that by changing the layout they can slash the number of accidents in the area.

The changes mean that the cross, which dates from the 1860s and which is neither listed nor a memorial, needs to be moved.

If planning permission is granted to move the structure it will be placed in a new landscaped area where it will be lit to make it more prominent and easier to visit.

The work on the junction is expected to cost £260,000  of which £200,000 has come from the Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership Award Fund – and is due to be completed in this financial year.

The council, working with Transport for Greater Manchester, plans to introduce measures including centre refuge islands, built-out pavements at crossing points, coloured anti-skid surfaces and improved traffic signals and road markings after there were 11 collisions at the junction in the three years to 2012.

Tameside council’s cabinet member for transport and development Coun Peter Robinson said: “This is a busy junction for motorists and pedestrians and – given its accident history it’s important we do everything we can to make it as safe as possible.


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