A MAIN Saddleworth road will be shut over the weekend after a water main burst in Greenfield on Friday, October 14.
The A635 Manchester Road is closed at the junction with Dacres Road with a team of United Utilities engineers repairing the problem.
It is believed an 18” diameter pipe taking untreated water from Dovestone Reservoir to the water treatment plant at Buckton Castle burst flooding the main carriageway.
Only one property was reported to be without mains water but this issue has been resolved.
After repairs are completed there will then be an assessment of the damage to the road surface.
A spokesperson for United Utilities confirmed on Saturday: “Due to the complex nature of the repair to the burst water main on Manchester Road/Dacres Road, work will be on-going throughout the course of the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Due to the severity of the burst, it is thought the A635 linking the village with Holmfirth and Tameside might not re-open until next week.
Motorists travelling from Yorkshire via the Isle of Skye road are being diverted at the Clarence pub, down Chew Valley Road. There is local access to homes and businesses.
Vehicles coming from Mossley will find the road shut at the crossroads by the Royal George public house. Diversions take traffic down Well-i-hole and along Shaw Hall Bank Road and then down Chew Valley Road.
There is access to houses on the Paddock but no further. Some drivers ignored the road closed signs but minutes later were seen heading back in the direction of the Royal George.