Drivers and residents were left baffled by the sudden shutdown of a busy Huddersfield road.
Road Closed signs appeared in Greenhead Road on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of drivers to seek alternative routes around Greenhead Park and Gledholt.
Yet it later emerged that Yorkshire Water roadworks were not due to start until today and run until October 1.
The company say there was a burst pipe but no workmen have been seen on the road and residents talked of watching drivers making U-turns in the road as they reached the signs.
Somayya Yaqub was visiting her parents who live on the road and said: “It has been farcical. The road has been closed since Wednesday yet there has been no sign of any work.
“The bus stop has not been closed and people have been standing there, wondering where the buses were. There are two service susing the route and they have been diverted.
“There are no signs to inform road users of why the road is closed, by whom and for what duration. One rumour was that demolition work was to be carried out on on of the hosues in the road but nothing has happened.
“It has meant drivers have had to do a loop around Park Drive to get where they needed to be, and lorry drivers who would have turned on Greenhead Road because of the low bridge in Gledholt Bak were left with a big problem”
Yorkshire Water said: “We had to close Greenhead Road on Wednesday due to a water pipe burst that posed a safety risk. This repair work has been completed today and the road will be reopen very shortly as soon as it has been back filled. We would like to apologise to commuters for any inconvenience caused.”