Manchester

Large hole appears in Oldham road due to burst pipe

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Image caption The water pipe burst has caused "significant damage" on Rochdale Road

A large hole caused by a burst water pipe has appeared in a major road in Greater Manchester.

United Utilities said the burst caused "significant damage" washing away earth beneath Rochdale Road, Royton.

Greater Manchester Police has closed the road in both directions between the Halfway pub and Thorncliffe Park and advised motorists to avoid the area.

United Utilities said engineers are on site repairing the 6in (15cm) pipe and the road.

It added eight properties without water due to the incident have been provided with bottled water.

Oldham Council said diversions are in place via Shaw Road, Royton, Crompton Way and Rochdale Road, Shaw and Broad Lane, Rochdale.

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