A GIRL was involved in a collision with a car near a children’s play area on Monday evening.

Emergency services were called to reports a child had been hit by a blue Ford Fiesta in Ringley Road, near Hulme Road Park, at about 5.15pm.

An ambulance was sent to the scene but cancelled en route as the girl was taken to the accident and emergency department at Royal Bolton Hospital by her family.

It is understood she has since been transferred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital having suffered cuts and bruises and a head injury. Her injuries are not deemed to be life threatening. No arrests were made in connection with the incident.

Stoneclough residents say the number of accidents in the area—including Market Street and Hulme Road and Ringley Road —are happening far too often due to potholes and speeding vehicles.

Marie Waters, who lives in Market Street, said she was worried someone would be killed if nothing was done to address the issue.

She added: “It’s not for the lack of telling the police and the authorities. We had had a petition but the last I heard from the police was that there had not been a fatality. But that doesn’t make it right.”

“It is going to happen, no ifs and buts. What do we do to get anybody to take action, my daughter has been involved in a car accident on the main road.

“We are averaging close to one accident a month, the Highways Agency might deny that but I think the evidence will support that we are not far off that.”

The 62-year-old continued: “We’ve been in touch with them and asked for speed vans.

“We had a speed camera but it was vandalised and not repaired.

“It’s just a ridiculous state of affairs. Stoneclough Road is a very busy road and it’s full of potholes. When winter starts and people go out towards Whitefield , the only way to get out is up a steep hill. If the roads are not maintained anyway it’s even worse when people are avoiding potholes and the like.”

Mrs Waters also said that public transport options in the area were not adequate.”We have a very minimal bus service anyway, it finishes at around 6pm.”