A MAJOR A Road will be closed over this weekend due to maintenance works taking place.

Transport for Greater Manchester announced on Saturday morning that works are set to be carried out by engineers from Electricity North West on the A578 Leigh Road.

As such the road will be closed between Atherton Road and Smiths Lane over Saturday and Sunday to allow the engineers to go about their work.

Bus services have also been diverted with Stagecoach Greater Manchester number 8 services going Nel Pan Lane and West Leigh Lane.

TfGM has advised road users to travel by alternative routes and to allow more time for their journey when travelling through the area.

The works will be concluded by the end of Sunday with the road set to be open as normal again by Monday morning.