Ringley Bridge closure ‘has halved our takings’
4:37pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE Ringley Bridge closure blocking off a main route between Bury and Bolton has halved a pub’s takings.
The Horseshoe pub in Ringley has seen trade plunge by 50 per cent since the road closure, according to the pub’s joint manager Andrew Worth.
He said: “It has been totally dead here since it closed.
“We’ve put signs up everywhere, saying we’re still open, and we’ve even put on cheaper menus but not had any luck.
“This building job must be killing trade round here because people simply aren’t coming past any more.”
He added: “Older people have to park their cars 15 minutes away if they’re coming from the other side and the footbridge is cobbled.
“Mums and dads sometimes pop in while waiting for kids to come out so hopefully that will help us.”
St Saviour’s Primary in Ringley is also trying to minimise the impact of the road closure on the daily school routine, with teachers manning a nearby footbridge.
Headteacher Mr Ian Southern said: “The general feedback from parents is that, while it is an inconvenience, the work needs doing and we will have to somehow muddle through”.
With the closure making it harder for pensioners in the area to access their nearest clinics, Mr Southern has made the school available to them for flu jabs.
Bolton Council promised to provide “continued support” to schools now they have gone back.
A spokesman said: “We have arranged road safety training for the school pupils this term, offered support for a volunteer walking bus scheme and identified and assessed suitable crossing points on the local roads.”
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