An £8m scheme to improve the water quality in the River Tame has just got underway, with roads in Stalybridge closed.

The work being carried out by United Utilities is going to take place at various locations around Stalybridge and Dukinfield and will help ease the pressure on the Victorian sewer system. The work should stop dirty water flowing into the river at times of heavy rainfall.

Currently, the junction of Trinity Street and Dean Road is closed to traffic while excavation work takes place. The work on these roads is expected to take over 16 weeks to complete.

Drain maintenance work at Rassbottom Street and Corporation Street in Stalybridge is expected to take place later in the year.

The project manager on the job, Steve Taylor, stated:

“We understand how inconvenient it is at this particular location, but we have absolutely no option.

“We need to construct a new overflow on the existing sewer, and the laws of drainage mean this is the exact spot where it has to be.

“We’re working very closely with the council highways department to minimise disruption, but the junction has had to be closed for the safety of the public and our engineers.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience and we would ask people to continue to support their local shops which are very much open for business, even with the road and bus route diversions in place.”

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