UNITED Utilities is warning residents in Bury of up to 14 weeks of delays and disruption as it upgrades a kilometre of water mains.

From Monday, January 10, until early April, the water company will be modernising the network of pipes that brings water to homes in Bury.

The firm said the works on Manchester Road will safeguard water supplies in the area for decades to come.

As a result of the works there will some temporary traffic management required.

Temporary traffic lights will be installed at the junctions where Gigg Lane, Redvales Road, Tarn Drive and St Peter’s Road meet Manchester Road.

There will also be a continuous lane closure on Manchester Road from the junction of Gigg Lane to the junction of Dumers Lane for 12 to 14 weeks.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and find alternative routes where possible.

Bus users are advised to check with Transport for Greater Manchester for more information on changes to bus stops.

United Utilities said they were working closely with Bury Council to ensure disruption is minimised where possible.

Residents in the affected area will also be contacted by United Utilities if their water supply needs to be turned off whilst the work is being carried out.

This would only be for short periods and residents would be contacted with a date, time and duration before the supply is stopped.

United Utilities is currently replacing, cleaning and refreshing more than 6,000 kilometres of water pipes across the North West to ensure the region

has a reliable supply of water.