A crowd of people who turned out to watch an electricity transformer the size of a bungalow being delivered to a substation in Rochdale were left waiting two hours for it to show up - after the vehicle carrying it got stuck on a hill.

The 183-tonne piece of equipment left Salford Quays at around 6.30am this morning, June 13, heading towards the M60, and was due to arrive at the National Grid substation on Clay Lane, Rochdale, by 9.30am.

Travelling at around 12 miles per hour, the journey was set to take three hours - with the massive transformer heading to the M60 before travelling along the M66 to the A58.

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Unfortunately, the journey wasn't smooth, with Rochdale and Bury Old Road being blocked in both directions for over an hour, after the transporter got stuck on the hill.

Transport for Greater Manchester said the vehicle had broken down in a tweet that read: "B6222 Rochdale and Bury Old Rd, Rochdale blocked due to a broken down transporter.

"Please use an alternative route, Rosso bus services are diverted."

Some came prepared as they waited for the equipment to arrive

The specialist vehicle, which is more than 4m wide, is believed to have had a fault which slowed its climb up a hill on Bury Old Road, in Rochdale.

National Grid have worked with the local highways team and the firm responsible for the delivery to carefully plan the route over the last several months.

The delivery time was carefully chosen to minimise traffic disruption, and the vehicle was escorted along by police to make sure the journey was as "smooth and safe as possible".

People were very pleased to see the massive transformer arriving, with many stood waiting for the full two hours.

People were very pleased to see the new transformer, the size of a bungalow, arrive at Clay Lane

The new piece of equipment will adjust the voltage of electricty from the station, helping to keep the energy supply running safely and reliably.

It is replacing an old transformer, which has now reached the end of its life.

National Grid have been contacted for comment.