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Oldham Mumps gets a new look as viaduct removed


The safe demolition of a viaduct in a single weekend seems like a mammoth job, but it's one that Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive are taking on for a second time at Oldham Mumps.

During demolition, westbound traffic approaching the roundabout will be diverted along either St Mary's Way, Egerton Street and Shaw Road, or alternatively Park Road, Glodwick Road and Cross Street
Eastbound traffic will be able to cross the roundabout as usual
All traffic diversions will be clearly signposted - pedestrian routes will be maintained at all times

The northern half of the Mumps viaduct was taken apart across three days of last year's August Bank Holiday and the southern half will meet a similar fate between Friday 21 and Sunday 23 January.

The viaduct is being taken down to make way for a new Metrolink line between Oldham and Rochdale.

Councillor Richard Knowles, Chair of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority's Capital Projects Committee, said that "the final phase of removing the Oldham Mumps viaduct marks the beginning of the next chapter for Metrolink in the area."

Adding: "The new Metrolink line to Oldham and Rochdale, which will run through this junction at ground level, will open up new opportunities and improve the accessibility of the communities it serves."

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