Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2019

A major drainage project is set to start which when complete will help to alleviate flooding in an area of Delph.

On September 16 work will begin to construct a surface water highway drain in Delph, along Huddersfield Road, Gatehead Road and Lark Hill Lane.

The council successfully applied to the Environment Agency for more than £635,000 worth of funding for the scheme after a number of properties along Huddersfield Road and Gatehead Road flooded.

Due to the location of the drain in the centre of the highway it will be necessary to close a section of Huddersfield Road for a period of 28 weeks, so the work can be carried out safely.

Local diversions via Huddersfield Road, Delph New Road, Dobcross New Road, Standedge Road and Huddersfield Road will be clearly signed, however motorists are asked to give themselves extra time, especially during peak times.

Transport for Greater Manchester and First Bus have both been consulted and letters have been sent to residents and businesses immediately affected.

Pedestrian and vehicle access to businesses will be maintained and pedestrian access to residential properties will be maintained.

Councillor Ateeque Ur Rehman, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “There is a history of flooding in this area, so we have identified it as a priority area for a flood risk management scheme.

“We know that closing a main road is never ideal, but our highways engineers have undertaken detailed surveys, and this is the only way the work can be carried out.

“This drainage work is vital and once it is finished it will hopefully mean properties in this are no longer under the threat of flooding and people no longer face the threat of losing their belongings.”

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