Greenfield water pipe works completed but Manchester Road remains closed for immediate future

A busy Saddleworth road is expected to remain closed until the middle of next week after a major water main burst on Tuesday, October 29.

Manchester Road, Greenfield – at its junction with Dacres Road – was shut for United Utilities to carry out emergency repairs to a pipe taking water from Dovestone Reservoir to the treatment plant at Buckton Castle, Mossley.

That work has now been completed. But such was the damage way to the carriageway of the busy A635, reinstatement work remains on going.

Traffic is currently diverted from Royal George crossroads along Well-i-Hole, Shaw Hall Bank Road and Chew Valley Road. And in the reverse direction from the Clarence for vehicles approaching he village from Holmfirth Road.

Greenfield village has been particularly busy a rush hour and there is the likelihood of longer delays at peak times when children return to school on Monday after the half-term holiday.

A spokesperson for United Utilities said: “The pipe was repaired on Wednesday afternoon. (October 30).

“We have been liaising with the (Oldham) council to agree the extent of reinstatement which is quite significant due to the damage caused by the burst.

“We expect to finish by Wednesday and then the road will be reopened.”

Three years ago this month, at the same spot, an 18” diameter pipe burst causing flooding, road closures and cutting off supplies to several properties.

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