THE spending of £1.355 million on the first phase of the Oldham town centre regeneration scheme goes before the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for approval tomorrow (Friday, September 25) for approval.

Work on the project, including highways and public realm enhancement, is set to start soon, according to the report from GM mayor Andy Burnham and the GMCA and Transport for Greater Manchester chief executive Eamonn Boylan.

It's objectives also include improving the "attractiveness" of the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists, and the maintenance of the highway network around Oldham.

The scheme will kick off with improvements to Retiro Street and Hunters Len, including pedestrian crossings and footway and carriageway resurfacing.

There will also be new traffic signals at Waterloood Street/Rhodes Bank incorporating a Toucan pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities.

The work, along with the Salford Bolton Network Improvement Scheme, is part of the delivery of the Local Growth Deal Programme (Tranches 1,2 and 3).