United Utilities have responded to frustrated Ramsbottom residents who could not leave their street by car this morning due to repair work.  

Following a water leak, residents of Springwood Street, Ramsbottom, reported that they were unable to leave their street by car. 

Whilst some residents had been contacted by the water company to let them know about the work others say they were unaware.  

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In response to residents, the company has apologised for any inconvenience adding that work is expected to be finished this afternoon.  

A United Utilities spokesperson, said: “Our teams are replacing one of our mains pipes on Springwood Street in Ramsbottom.   

“In advance of the works starting, we communicated with 180 households in the area.   

“We expect the work to be completed this afternoon and apologise for any inconvenience these essential works have caused.” 

At around 9am, engineers from the water company arrived on Springwood Street to begin the repair work.  

The road provides access to around 90 properties and residents were unable to leave the street by car once work began. 

Resident Maggie Henfield said maintenance work had been expected as the water leak had been reported to United Utilities some weeks ago. 

She said: “As people were trying to leave for work at about 9am they discovered that a team had arrived to dig a trench. 

“It’s a very, very narrow access road. 

“No cars could get through and no emergency services could get through.” 

“People were told to turn round and go back.”