MOTORISTS are gearing up for major disruption in Stalybridge during August.
Part of Stamford Street, the main route through the town, will be shut from Saturday, August 4 to Wednesday, August 29.
The 500m section between Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road will be closed completely to allow Electricity North West to carry out a £3million “essential project” to upgrade the power network that has been in place since the 1960s.
That will benefit 58,000 customers in Stalybridge, Buxton, Glossop and High Peak.
The decision to shut the road in August is to cause minimal inconvenience as schools will be closed and many others will be on holiday with traffic at its lightest during the month.
Work has already taken place in the area as part of the scheme which is to replace the oil-filled underground power cables – it has been on Wakefield Road and Huddersfield Road where there have been temporary traffic signals.
The project began in November when cabling was replaced on Huddersfield Road, causing huge tailbacks for drivers with emergency signals in place.
Blandford Street has also been the subject of work, but that is not a main route in the town.
However, the complexity of the work means there is no alternative but to shut the whole of Stamford Street, the main route through Stalybridge.
Electricity North West say a total of 7.4km of underground cable will be replaced with new environmentally friendly electricity cables as part of an investment programme for the North West.
Full updates will be provided online at: www.enwl.co.uk and on Twitter and Facebook.
If anyone has any queries about the project, contact Electricity North West on social media and online.