VITAL work on the guided busway, which will provide a reliable, high-frequency bus service connecting Leigh, Tyldesley, Atherton and Salford with Manchester city centre, will result in a temporary road closure.
From 22 April to 26 September 2014, Hough Lane will be closed from number 11 to 14 with access only between the Sale Lane junction and 11 Hough Lane.
The closure will allow National Grid to replace the high pressure gas mains pipe located next to Hough Lane bridge.
The work is crucial because the current pipe is not suitable for the anticipated weight from the busway – and is located too high within the proposed embankment where construction will take place. It will not affect the gas supply to nearby residential properties.
The road closure will not affect pedestrian access and a footway will be available across the bridge at all times during this work, allowing pedestrians and dismounted cyclists to continue to use the route.
Traffic will be diverted via Sale Lane, Mosley Common Road, East Lancashire Road, Chaddock Lane and Manchester Road. Diversion signs will be in place in advance of the closure.
TfGM’s Head of Programme Management Services, Peter Boulton, said: “This gas pipeline forms part of the National Grid high pressure network, meaning that these works must be carried out during the summer months when demand for gas is low.
“The closure is necessary to provide National Grid with sufficient space for the works to be carried out, ensuring the safety of both the public and staff.
“We apologise for the disruption this will cause to residents and drivers in the area and appreciate their patience during these works.”
Construction work started last year on the 4.5 mile guided busway which is due to open in 2015. The busway will run between Leigh and Ellenbrook, joining up with bus lanes on the A580 East Lancs Road into Manchester with a journey time of less than 50 minutes.
More information about the Leigh-Salford-Manchester busway – and the wider Cross City bus priority package – can be found at www.tfgm.com/buspriority.