Road and leaking pipe repaired after safety issues aired

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A water leak and a hole in the carriageway on a main road through Todmorden have been fixed after concerns were raised about potential damage to vehicles.

The situation arose on Sunday, July 7, on Rochdale Road near the junction with Bacup Road.

Water was covering part of the carriageway, masking a hole in the road.

Residents and businesses nearby said it was getting dangerous as passing motorists did not realise the depth of the hole and any who drove through it could seriously damage their vehicles.

Calderdale Council’s highways department filled the hole in the road last Friday, July 12.

Yorkshire Water were at the scene on Tuesday evening to repair the leaking pipe.

Geoff Willerton, Calderdale Council’s head of planning and highways, said: “On Friday, July 12, we received a report of a hole in the highway at Rochdale Road, Todmorden, just before the junction with Bacup Road.

“As soon as we were notified, we went out to the road and filled the hole to make it safe.

“This was a temporary measure.

“More permanent repairs are needed to make sure the hole remains covered in the long-term.

“As the hole was caused by a water leak, it is Yorkshire Water’s responsibility to carry out these repairs.”

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said it had taken longer than expected to carry out the repair due to its location on a busy junction.

He apologised for any inconvenience caused.