UNSUSPECTING motorists face a 30-mile diversion due to the impending closure of one of Saddleworth’s busiest roads.
From Monday, February 10 the A635 ‘Isle of Skye’ road connecting Greenfield with Holmfirth will be shut for re-surfacing.
The moorland route from the Clarence hotel roundabout, Greenfield, to the West Yorkshire boundary will be closed 24 hours a day for a maximum 10 days.
However, westbound traffic from Holmfirth will be able to travel through to Saddleworth under a rolling roadblock and with long delays expected.
While local knowledge will enable drivers to reach Holmfirth via Marsden and Meltham, out of area motorists will be sent on a 30-mile, hour-long detour.
The alternative route is A635 Manchester Road/Wakefield Road/A6018 Mottram Road, A 628 Manchester Road/Woodhead Road/A616 Whams Road/ Sheffield Road/A635 Holmfirth Road/New Mill Road.