Our work to replace water pipes along the A6, Stockport

Reservoirs, aqueducts, treatment works and a network of over 42,000 kilometres (around 26,000 miles) of water pipes help us to deliver high-quality drinking water to homes and business across the North West region. 

But problems and issues do occur, and we’re really sorry that bursts at different points on a stretch of water pipe along the A6 have caused several periods of disruption and inconvenience for our customers in Stockport. 

In spring 2021 we started work to replace around 4.5km of water pipe along the A6, once completed this will provide a stronger network and improve the reliability of water supply for our customers.

Our latest phase of work

The team have completed phases 1-3 and also phase 5, installing around 4km of new water pipe. We started phase 4 earlier this year, but due to the position of the existing old water pipe, the programme moved around a little and the team completed phase 5 while further surveys and planning was carried out. Work is now continuing on phase 4 of the programme.  This section may require some night time working as we install the new section of pipe near Asda, we'll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum and thank you for your continued patience.

The A6 is a key route and we regularly liaise with Stockport highways team as we move through the programme. 

Our traffic information page details any road closures or access restrictions during the pipe replacement work. You can find all the latest public transport travel advice here Our customer team will make sure businesses and the community are kept updated as the work progresses.

  • Starting at the Longshut Lane junction, the team have been working in phases along the A6 towards Macclesfield Road to install the new water pipe.  The overview map indicates the route and section of the pipe that we'll be replacing.

    We'll be using a variety of renewal methods which will include:

    • Inserting new durable pipe inside the existing cast iron water main which means we won't have to dig as many holes along the route.
    • Removing sections of the existing cast iron water main and replacing with a completely new pipe.  This method will be a little more disruptive as it requires a continuous trench section to be dug.


  • We understand the A6 is a busy part of the Stockport road network and we'll do all we can to minimise the disruption for residents, businesses and road users while we're working.  As we install the new pipe we will need to put in place some temporary traffic management so that the work can be carried out safely.

    The team are currently working on phase 4 of our pipe replacement project. 

    Most of the work will be carried out with a lane closure or traffic lights, but there will be some locations where we'll need to introduce temporary closures or access restrictions on some of the adjoining roads.  Diversion routes will be clearly signed and we'll do all we can to maintain as much access to properties and businesses as possible.

    We'll provide regular updates and details of any changes in the dedicated traffic management section, so you can see where we're currently working and any associated traffic restrictions. 


  • We've made some temporary changes to the way water flows to homes and businesses so we can replace the pipe along the A6. We've routed water into the area via different pipes, so that you still receive high quality water while the work takes place. 

    The flow changes were made carefully to help avoid causing disturbance. Customer can sometimes experience a slight fluctuation of water pressure or some temporary discolouration to your tap water. We understand this can look unpleasant, but please don't worry, this is quite common when the water is moved along different pipes. It will be a temporary issue and we have further advice and help to get things back to normal again.

  • We know that roadworks and construction activity can be disruptive and inconvenient - we'll do all we can to help keep traffic flowing and minimise disturbing the community.

    Due to the location of the old pipe near Asda moving further into the middle of the road, the team are having to use a different method of installation to avoid blocking access into the supermarket. We'll be completing this section of work during the night between Tuesday 3rd and Friday 13th May between 11pm and 5.30am. We'll do all we can to minimise the impact on nearby residential properties.

    The type of equipment and machinery we need to use will create noise and vibrations so we really do appreciate your patience. We'll create some temporary compound areas to accommodate equipment, materials and the welfare facilities for our team.

  • The team are currently working on phase 4. We'll make sure we keep the community updated as our work progresses.

    If you have any queries and would like to get in touch please give our friendly team a call on 0345 672 3723 and quote project number 80060202.  We’ll be happy to help.


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