Huddersfield Road in Diggle and Oldham Road in Grasscroft and Lydgate will be the first roads in Saddleworth to benefit from Oldham Council’s efforts to improve the quality of our highways.
The council is spending £10m over the coming four years on repairs to the borough’s roads and footpaths, many of which have been left in a particularly bad state because of the long winter.
Work on those two stretches of road in Saddleworth will start on 28 March. Repairs on Dobcross New Road and Grains Road between Delph and Grains Bar will begin towards the end of April.
Cllr John McCann, who represents Saddleworth South and holds the Environment portfolio in the council’s Cabinet, used a statement to say the council is “prioritising” the road repair works.
He said: “The borough’s carriageways, like those across most parts of the country, suffered terribly due to the harsh winter with many potholes and cracks appearing. Not only that but many improvement schemes which were due to start had to be postponed because of the terrible conditions and concerns over the safety of workers and equipment.”
Cllr McCann continued: “However, winter is behind us and we can now start carrying out planned improvement work, many on busy roads which once completed will help improve access and driving conditions.”
He went on: “As these works start over the coming weeks there is bound to be some inconvenience for motorists and residents and I can only apologise for this in advance. I thank motorists in advance for their patience as the short term pain of disruption will be countered by better driving conditions in the long term.”
You can read Oldham Council’s statement in full here.