Water bosses under fire over delay in fixing leak

A WATER leak has caused traffic chaos.

Neighbours living close to the junction of Thicketford Close and Crompton Way in Tonge Moor have criticised water chiefs from United Utilities for leaving a “giant hole”, which they say has caused major traffic disruption.

Eric Cheetham, of Thicketford Close, claims United Utilities staff have not been working at the site for several days, with the firm saying delays had resulted from the fact special fittings had to be manufactured in order to complete repairs. Mr Cheetham, aged 68, said: “It’s been there about five or six days, it’s big enough to get a car in. It’s got a fence around it and temporary traffic lights. But I haven’t seen anyone working on it in the past few days.

“Cars are queueing along Crompton Way because they’re having to swerve the hole to get past. There should be some work going on if it’s causing this much major congestion. If I have to go shopping I’ve got to make time to get past the obstruction.”

Bosses from United Utilities have apologised for the delay.

A spokeswoman said: “We are really sorry for the inconvenience, we have worked as fast as we can.

“We were working on this last week and fixed the leak on Friday.

“It is on a large pipe so it has taken a little longer than usual because we have had to have special fittings manufactured.

“Our engineers backfilled the hole on Monday and everything should be back to normal by tomorrow.”

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11:27am Tue 18 Dec 12

taff paul says...

If the leak was fixed on Friday why wasnt the hole back filled till yesterday causing lees traffic chaos
If the leak was fixed on Friday why wasnt the hole back filled till yesterday causing lees traffic chaos taff paul

11:28am Tue 18 Dec 12

JOHN HIGHAM says...

Only 5 or 6 days to fix that leak ??????? That is quick for the idiots at United Utilities, It took them 18 MONTH`S to fix the leak on Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever
Only 5 or 6 days to fix that leak ??????? That is quick for the idiots at United Utilities, It took them 18 MONTH`S to fix the leak on Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever JOHN HIGHAM

2:07pm Tue 18 Dec 12

John Edwards says...

Privatization all over again. United Utilities do not carry stock like other firms that have been sold off. When something out the ordinary goes wrong parts have to be make specially. Same old story, money, money, money. United Utilities got rid of all their "work gangs". Contractors do the work now so there is even less chance of parts being available. Bless Maggie Thatcher in her little cotton socks, she sold us all down the river without a paddle.
Privatization all over again. United Utilities do not carry stock like other firms that have been sold off. When something out the ordinary goes wrong parts have to be make specially. Same old story, money, money, money. United Utilities got rid of all their "work gangs". Contractors do the work now so there is even less chance of parts being available. Bless Maggie Thatcher in her little cotton socks, she sold us all down the river without a paddle. John Edwards

5:43pm Tue 18 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

I need a leak after reading this article.
I need a leak after reading this article. boltonnut

11:44pm Tue 18 Dec 12

smiley111 says...

Its been an absolute disgrace every route towards bolton up that end blocked by it delays were anything from 30 to 40 mins ave each day united utilities should be fined for causing other companies in bolton to suffer through the delays caused to staff and customers
Its been an absolute disgrace every route towards bolton up that end blocked by it delays were anything from 30 to 40 mins ave each day united utilities should be fined for causing other companies in bolton to suffer through the delays caused to staff and customers smiley111

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