LEIGH MP Andy Burnham has accused United Utilities of breaking its pledges.

He says the water company promised that they would pull out all stops to complete roadworks at Tamar junction between Leigh and Hindley Green which are creating chaos for motorists.

But according to watchdog businessman Glenn Hitchen little progress has been made.

Mr Burnham said he would contact the company again this week.

He said in a letter the firm had promised to work flat out to get the job finished.

"They are obviously not honouring the pledges given to the council and me," he said.

Mr Hitchen said: "Out of 16 days they worked eight and a half. There was no work done over the Easter holiday and with another bank holiday next week it looks like little progress will be made.

"People are brassed off with the works. Some residents on the other side of Leigh Road have started parking their cars in Wigan Road and walking through the roadworks to avoid the long diversion via Dangerous Corner.

"We seems to be losing a fighting battle. United Utilities are just paying lip service. If work goes on at the rate it is it seems to me there's no way the work will be finished in the expected nine weeks."