The closure of a main Oldham road caused by a burst water main is set to last until 'at least' Monday.

An update from Oldham Council this afternoon said Ashton Road would remain shut in both directions.

Traffic was first disrupted on Tuesday at the junction of Copster Hill Road. 

The council, in a tweet, said: "The A627 Ashton Road is expected to be closed until at least Monday (Aug 8) in both directions at the junction of Copster Hill Road.

"Work is underway to repair the road after a water main burst, so please use alternative routes in the meantime.

Bus operators First Manchester and Stagecoach have been forced to divert routes due to the closure.

Stagecoach has diverted routes 76 and 76A due to the disruption.

First Manchester has diverted routes 409, 84, X84, and 426.

A spokesperson for United Utilities confirmed on Wednesday the problem had been fixed, saying: “Repairs to the water main on Ashton Road have now been completed, and the work to reinstate the highway is underway.

“We thank people for their patience and apologise for any disruption.”

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