Emergency roadworks on a major Salford thoroughfare have caused traffic mayhem in the area.

Chorley Road was closed yesterday (November 21) around the junction with Moorside Road in Swinton by United Utilities, with residents reportedly being told that the work was necessary to fix a burst water main. According to Salford council, the road will be cordoned off until next Monday, November 27.

Images on social media show extensive barriers in place for the closure, which stretches from the crossroads with Moorside Road to the A6’s junction with Charles Street. As it is closed in both directions, it means there has been heavy congestion.

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It also means that the 38 bus service — which runs from Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre to the Logistics North centre, over the Salford border in Bolton — is on diversion. Stagecoach, which operates the route, said: “Due to Emergency Road closure on Chorley Road in Swinton, service 38 will be diverting via Moorside Road, East Lancs Road, Worsley Road in both directions.”

Shortly before 5pm on Tuesday, it added: “Route 38. We've delays throughout the route averaging 35 minutes, this is caused by the current diversion and heavy congestion on Manchester Road West. Sorry if this is affecting your journey with us today.”

Despite the closure, businesses in the area remain open as usual, the M.E.N. understands. A United Utilities spokesperson apologised for the delays.

They said: “Our teams attended and quickly repaired a burst water main on the corner of Chorley Road and Moorside Road. Further work to reinstate the road will be carried out in the coming days. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

Salford City Council has been contacted for comment.