AN MP will be visiting Moses Gate bridge, which was closed in August after a water mains burst.

Bolton South East representative Yasmin Qureshi will be speaking to representatives from Network Rail as work continues to repair the damage.

The bridge, which carries traffic from Bolton Road and Egerton Street over the railway line, was scheduled to reopen six weeks after the burst.

But Network Rail recently confirmed it would not fully reopen until next year.

A spokesman from Ms Qureshi’s office said the visit would take place at the site on Friday with officials from Network Rail.

She added: “We had a few constituents who got in touch with us about amount of time it has been taking.”

Traffic has been diverted from Bolton Road since the bridge was damaged and the railway embankment collapsed.

Motorists have had to put up with increased congestion along Plodder Lane and Bradford Road while Network Rail works to repair the bridge.

Parents have also faced a struggle to drop off their children at school and get to their place of work on time in the mornings.

And teachers are also having to leave for work much earlier to make sure they arrive for the start of the school day.

A spokesman from Network Rail said: “Following the completion of service diversion work over the winter months, full reinstatement of both lanes is expected in February 2018.”