Delays expected as major project to install new water pipes in Harborough moves to the next stage

Work is being stepped up on a £2 million scheme to install 3.1 miles of new water pipes in Market Harborough.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 4:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 4:53 pm
Kettering Road, near Ashley Way, in Market Harborough.
Kettering Road, near Ashley Way, in Market Harborough.

Essential work to replace ageing water pipes with new ones will begin on the busy Kettering Road, opposite Ashley Way, this week.

There will be local traffic disruption as temporary traffic lights, road signs and barriers are erected while the work is taking place.

The blueprint is expected to be finished by early next month.

Lisa Orme, of Severn Trent Water, said: “We’ve made excellent progress on this project since it began back in April.

“We’re carrying out this essential work – to replace five km of ageing water pipes with brand new ones - to reduce the number of leaks and bursts in the area and I’ve been delighted with how it’s all coming together.”

She added: “Now our teams are returning to Kettering Road to replace another section of pipe.

“We fully appreciate that everyone living and working in this particular area has been disrupted already.

“When our teams were previously working on this road, it was to replace a much bigger pipe in a different location.

“By carrying out the work separately, it means we only need to use traffic lights, rather than full road closures.

“Nevertheless, we know it’s inconvenient and we’re really grateful for everyone’s continued patience as we work our way through the scheme.

“When we’re finished, residents in Market Harborough will have a reliable water supply for many years to come.”

Meanwhile, Severn Trent said water supplies have returned to normal after problems in parts of Harborough and Little Bowden last night (Mon).

Some householders were left with no water while others suffered almost zero pressure for several hours until the issue was tackled by engineers.