A BUSY road that has been shut for months due to a burst water main will re-open to some motorists tomorrow.

Bolton Road in Farnworth is due to re-open at 7am tomorrow for drivers travelling southbound, towards Kearsley roundabout.

This means that traffic heading towards Farnworth from Bolton will be able to travel along Manchester Road and Bolton Road.

Traffic going in the opposite direction will still be diverted along Egerton Street.

The bridge has been closed since it was damaged by a burst water main on August 17 last year. Network Rail is carrying out the structural work to stabilise the bridge and rebuild the roads above the bridge.

The road is not due to fully reopen until later this year.

Cllr David Chadwick, the council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “This is some really good news after what have been some very frustrating months since the emergency closure in August.

“There are still a few months of work left for Network Rail to do before all restrictions are lifted but at least traffic is now able to get in and out of Farnworth on the main routes north and south.

"People should still be prepared for some delays but we would like to thank everyone for being patient during what we appreciate has been and continues to be a disruptive time.”