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Closure On Stoneswood Road In Delph Today

Denshaw Road is closed near Delph School.

Another road closure takes effect in Delph today, albeit for one day only.

A 150m section of Stoneswood Road will close as part of work to repair retaining walls. According to paperwork circulated by Oldham Council and its Unity Partnership, drivers will be diverted around Oldham Road, The Sound and Millgate instead.

The village has already been affected by the closure of Denshaw Road for an upgrade to the sewer system, work […]

Denshaw Road Roadworks To Resume In Delph

Denshaw Road in Delph will be closed again from this weekend, as work to upgrade the village’s sewers continues.

The work by United Utilities could see the road shut until 4 September, although after previous instalments of the repairs finished well ahead of schedule, the road may reopen before then.

As for the buses which go to Delph, the 82, X84, 350 and 353 services will all terminate at the junction of Palin Wood Road and Delph Lane. The 354, […]

Denshaw Road In Delph To Reopen Tomorrow

This will be gone tomorrow.

Denshaw Road in Delph is going to be open again from sometime tomorrow, well ahead of schedule.

Work by United Utilities has been taking place over the past week to upgrade the sewer system to guard against future flooding.

The initial phase had been due to last until 2 May, but the recent good weather has been among the factors which have helped engineers work more quickly.

The next planned closure of the road, […]

Delph Bus Changes As Sewer Works Begin

Sewer improvement works in Delph begin today, closing a section of Denshaw Road to traffic.

United Utilities is carrying out an extensive upgrade to local sewers to guard against the possibility of flooding.

The affected stretch runs from Lodge Lane to the top of the High Street, close to the White Lion pub. The initial closure is scheduled to last until 2 May, with further work being carried out between 28 May and 5 June, and 23 July and 4 […]

Public Exhibition On Denshaw Road Closure

A section of Denshaw Road in Delph will be shut from a week on Saturday, 9 April, to allow for five months of improvement works to sewers. United Utilities is carrying out an upgrade to guard against flooding.

The affected stretch runs from Lodge Lane to the top of the High Street, close to the White Lion pub. The initial closure is scheduled to last until 2 May, with further work being carried out between 28 May and 5 June, […]

Snow Problems Ease As Weather Improves

The sun sets over a snowy Uppermill last night. (picture: Janet Barnes)

An improvement in the weather has meant the disruption which has affected Saddleworth this week has eased today. Several schools have been shut, but those are expected to re-open tomorrow as things start to get back to normal.

Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Greenfield and St Chad’s Uppermill primaries, along with Springhead Infant and Nursery School were all closed today, as was St Edward’s Primary in Lees. Lessons are […]

Several Schools Closed As Snow Continues

There probably aren't that many tourists around today.

Several of Saddleworth’s schools will be closed today as the snow causes a third day of serious disruption to our area. Some bus services will again be diverted, while most roads remain passable but only with great care.

The schools which have confirmed they won’t be opening today are Delph, Denshaw, Diggle, Greenfield and St Chad’s Uppermill primaries, along with Springhead Infant and Nursery School. St Edward’s in Lees is also […]

Saddleworth Snow Gets Heavier

Drivers struggle through blizzard conditions on Wool Road this morning.

It’s a real white-out in Saddleworth today, after more heavy snow fell both overnight and during this morning. Roads have been closed and bus services diverted, with most local schools closing early.

The A640 Nont Sarahs road between Denshaw and Scammonden was shut altogether, while many other routes were only passable with extreme care. Long delays and stop-start traffic was reported in both directions on the M62 past Saddleworth.


Fresh Snow Likely To Cause More Disruption

Cars negotiate Wool Road yesterday evening.

The snow which has been falling over the last few hours is expected to cause more trouble on Saddleworth’s roads this morning. Buses are certain to be affected once again, and passengers are being told to walk to their nearest main road if necessary to catch their regular services.

The head of Bus and Rail at Greater Manchester’s public transport body GMPTE, Michael Renshaw, said last night: “In areas where roads and estates […]

Snow Affects Bin Collections And Buses

Snow-covered bins in Dobcross today.

Several inches of snow overnight has left Saddleworth fully blanketed in white for the first time this winter, and has led to disruption to local services including bin collections and buses.

Oldham Council announced this morning that all refuse collections in Saddleworth had been suspended because of the weather. A decision will be made tomorrow as to whether the collections can resume.

Meanwhile, changes have had to be made to bus routes through Saddleworth. […]

Council Apologises For Delph School Road Safety Delays

Denshaw Road outside Delph School.

Oldham Council has apologised for the delays in completing new road safety measures outside Delph School. One of the vehicle-activated signs put up as part of traffic calming measures still hasn’t been switched on, with the council blaming United Utilities for the wait.

The decision to introduce various measures as part of a “safety zone” followed a public consultation carried out by the council last year. However, the project has suffered a series of […]

Delph Traffic Survey Shows Support For 20mph Zone

Denshaw Road outside Delph School.

Campaigners in Delph say there’s now “overwhelming” support for a 20mph zone outside the village school. The organisers of a local survey have revealed the results, which they argue demonstrates backing among residents for a pedestrian crossing next to the school, as well as better signs around Delph Bridge.

The questionnaire was put together by members of the Delph Traffic Group, including local parish councillor Ken Hulme. […]

Delph School Safety Zone Row Continues

Denshaw Road outside Delph School.

The debate about road safety measures outside Delph School has been re-ignited. Independent parish councillor Ken Hulme, who is based in the village and is a former governor of the school, has criticised the failure of Oldham Council to finish the work on Denshaw Road.

The safety zone consists of various traffic calming measures, but not a mandatory 20mph speed limit which Cllr Hulme had called for. The creation of the zone has been […]

Council Responds To Delph School Safety Concerns

Denshaw Road outside Delph School.

Oldham Council has responded to claims that a pedestrian crossing is now “clearly required” as part of the safety zone outside Delph School. A senior councillor has said that new road signs warning motorists about the school safety zone will be going up during the summer holidays, adding that just two people in last year’s public consultation asked for a full pedestrian crossing on Denshaw Road.

The latest instalment of what […]