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Fears major town centre scheme will 'cause gridlock' and could 'kill businesses'

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A major new road scheme being considered for Heywood town centre to make it more accessible would have the opposite effect and cause gridlock, transport bosses have been warned.

Plans for the project from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which form part of the Heywood Town Centre Masterplan, seek improved journeys for people catching the bus, walking or cycling between Rochdale and Bury, via Heywood.

The proposals include new signal-controlled pedestrian and cycle crossings, a bus and cyclist-only section of road and a new car park.

There will also be additional pedestrian crossings and widened footpaths to make it easier for people to get around on foot, while existing bus stops will be upgraded across the town centre. READ MORE: Girl, 17, 'told she would only be given an ice cream if she showed her boobs or nipple' The Greater Manchester boss at the Federation of Small Business (FSB) says this plan has caused alarm bells for local traders due to the potential for increased traffic.

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