OLDHAM Council bosses admit they are yet to decide if a bridge over a busy Uppermill road will be replaced.The structure over Church Road was removed after a large crack appeared in its framework.
That means the Pennine Bridleway, which ran over it, has been diverted while a decision over whether it install a new one is made.
There are also fears it could send children who used the route to make their way to and from Saddleworth School on to the already busy roadways, when it eventually fully re-opens.
But Oldham Council admits there is as yet no firm plan in place to put a new bridge in place.
That does not mean there will never be one put in, but for the moment bridleway users must follow the diversion.
Currently, it takes people – and horses – off the original route at Shaws Lane up to Higher Cross Lane.
From there, it is on to Gellfield Lane then over Church Road – past the Church Inn pub and St Chad’s Church – and along Church Lane on to High Stile Lane.
It is then a left turn on to Moor Lane before rejoining the route at the junction of Brownhill Lane and Butterhouse Lane, close to Saddleworth Tunnel.
Oldham Council admitted talks over whether to replace the bridge are ongoing but for the time being, no news can be given.
A spokesman said: “We had to remove the bridge for safety reasons and to protect the public.
“We are currently assessing things and as soon as we have more information we’ll share it.
“We appreciate the removal of the bridge has caused issues but we are asking people to bear with us.
“In the meantime, there is a temporary bridleway diversion in place.”