WORK is on track to improve a notoriously dangerous bend on a historic Gornal road.

Widening work is currently taking on place Vale Street in Upper Gornal to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians and to install a 'give way' system.

The Gornal Stone wall, close to the iconic Ruiton Mill, is being taken back to widen the road, in a bid to reduce accidents due to cars meeting in the middle of the bend.

Work began in late July and ward councillors Kieran Casey and Adam Aston have spoke of their relief that work is soon to be completed after they campaigned with residents to make the road safe.

Councillor Kieran Casey said: "I am delighted that this work has now started given the problems that residents have had at this location.

"Myself and Adam are both local people, born and bred, so we were aware of the problems with cars using this narrow bend and the issues this was causing for pedestrians, that's why we started the campaign to work with residents and push the council to find a solution to these problems.

"We are very happy that we have been able to work together with residents on this scheme and we really do hope that this will solve the problems that have been ongoing for a number of decades."

Councillor Adam Aston added: "I think this just goes to show what we can do when we all work together, pushing the council to secure the funding and come up with a programme of works to try and sort these issues out once and for all.

"Sorting this issue out, which has been ongoing for many many years has been one of our top priorities, so we are very pleased that we have been able to help."