Anglian Water to start vital work to replace sewer pipes to protect the environment and reduce the risk of sewer flooding.

Anglian Water’s £800,000 scheme to upgrade the sewer pipes in Commercial Road and Grafton Way in Ipswich will begin on Monday (4 Feb), to reduce the risk of sewer flooding.

The water company previously installed 200 metres worth of pipe outside the train station in 2017 as the first stage of its plan to refurbish part of the local sewer network.

Regan Harris from Anglian Water, said: “We know that this vital upgrade work may cause disruption for local people and road users, and we’re sorry about this. There are lots of other utility services already in the footpaths and highway, so to ensure the safe installation of the new sewer pipe; our only option is to install the pipe by using open cut trenches.

“Our team will be working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible and get things back to normal for local residents and road users.”

The work, which is due to commence on the 4 February, is set to last approximately 15 weeks.

Regan continues: “In order for the scheme to be completed, traffic management will be in place to allow our teams to work safely on what is a busy road in the area. The initial phase of the works will see a lane closure on Commercial Road. This will be followed by two-way traffic lights on Grafton Way. The slip road from Commercial Road to Princes Street will also be closed temporarily, however a full diversion route will be in effect.”

Some traffic management will also be required on Princes Street and Ranleagh Road during the final stage of the scheme whilst the connection is made to the previously installed pipe outside the train station.

Electronic signage will be in use to guide and inform road users. Customers can also keep up to date with all the latest updates through the ‘In Your Area’ section of the Anglian Water website www.anglianwater.co.uk/yourarea.

Regan added: “We would like to thank road users, residents and businesses for their patience while we complete this vital work and apologise for any disruption it may cause. We hope that people understand how important this work is and that its benefits will outweigh any temporary inconvenience.”

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Posted by Anglian Water