UPPERMILL HIGH Street is to be closed off to drivers overnight for up to three weeks in October as carriageway resurfacing is carried out.
The works will be carried out – weather permitting – in three phases and night closures have been scheduled to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Phase 1 will start on Monday, October 19 from Bridge Street to New Street and will be four nights of work until Thursday, October 22, from 7.30pm-6am each night.
Then Phase 2 is work from New Street to the entrance of Saddleworth School on Monday, October 26 for three nights until Wednesday, October 28, from 7.30pm-11pm each night.
And Phase 3 is work from Saddleworth School to Dobcross New Road on Tuesday, October 27 for three nights to Thursday, October 29, from 7.30pm-6am each night.
Vehicles will be prohibited from driving along the sections where work is being carried out so diversions will be in place and will be signposted.
The alternative route will be via Dobcross New Road/Delph New Road/Oldham Road Delph/Platting Road/Oldham Road Grasscroft, in both directions.
A letter was sent out by contractors informing residents and business owners in the area of the planned works.
It read: “With your co-operation removing the cars we will be able to complete the resurfacing works on time. Works are all weather permitting.
“At no time must anybody walk across the carriageway while works are in progress.
“Will all residents take extra care and make themselves aware of all signs, cones and barriers.”
The letter added: “Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained at all times and vehicular access will be possible outside the hours of work.
“Every effort will be made to expedite the work and minimise the inconvenience to residents.”
Nick Watts, interim chair of the newly formed Uppermill Community Association, welcomed the repairs but hoped for minimum disruption to locals.
He said: “There is bound to be some disruption for residents and businesses along the busy High Street but hopefully it will be minimal at that time of night.
“I think everyone would rather have the work completed and temporary disruption than keep the current state of the roads with their potholes.”
A spokesman for First Bus confirmed there will be some changes to their services while the works are in progress from Monday to Thursday each week from 7pm to 6am.
All 184 services due to terminate at Uppermill will be run as service 180 and terminate at Greenfield instead.
The 184 Huddersfield / Diggle services will be diverted at Lees via St Johns, Scouthead, Delph Cross Road, picking the route back up again at former Woolpack Inn for Diggle journeys, and Uppermill viaduct for Huddersfield journeys. Reverse of the route towards Manchester / Oldham.
He added: “We are doing are very best to minimise disruption with extra journeys introduced from Greenfield to Manchester to replace the 184 journeys that are on diversion.
“Friday and weekends will run as normal service.”