will be starting a scheme to replace a clean water pipe along the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road between its junctions with Penhowe Lane and Low Lane to Ruffin Lane. The current pipe is in need of replacement and has been prone to leaking. We need to complete this essential work now to ensure we can continue to supply high-quality drinking water to local customers.
On Monday 16th November 2020 our capital partners Morrison Utility Services and Andrew Hughes Utility Service will start work to lay the new water pipe. The pipe will be laid using a mixture of open trench excavation and directional drilling techniques which we expect will take until mid-January 2021 to complete. Our normal working hours will be Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm. On occasions we may need to work a little later and on a weekend. (N.B. Just been informed of a delay to the start of this work. I will post any further information as it is relaid to me. Ed.)
No work will be carried out over the Christmas and New Year period.
To carry out this scheme safely we’ll need to work in the highway and, for safety reasons, will require a junction closure and traffic management.
We understand that these works will be inconvenient which is why we’ve liaised closely with North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department regarding every aspect of this essential scheme.
Phases of work and notice of road closure:
The start and finish locations of each phase are approximate and may be subject to change due to ground conditions and other unexpected problems that are encountered as the scheme progresses. Approximate start and completion dates for each section of road will be:
First phase and notice of junction closure of Low Lane and Penhowe Lane at Four Lane Ends
The first phase of the scheme will start on Monday 16 November on Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road at its junctions with Penhowe Lane and Low Lane.
To ensure the safety of road users and the site team it will be necessary to close Low Lane and Penhowe Lane’s access on to the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road to through traffic as we complete our work at this junction. These junction closures will be in operation 24 hours a day and we expect the work to take approximately 2 weeks to complete at this location.
Two-way traffic lights will also be in operation during this period for traffic travelling north and south on the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road.
Vehicular traffic travelling between Westow and Burythorpe will need to use Ruffin Lane whilst this junction closure is in place.
The second phase of the scheme will commence on approximately 30 November and will take until the end of the scheme to complete. This part of the scheme will see the works proceed in short sections along Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road towards Ruffin Lane.
During this phase, to ensure the safety of the site team and road users, it will be necessary to have two-way traffic lights in operation 24 hours a day. These will move as our work progresses.
If a customer’s property is within our working area we’ll do our best to maintain access to their driveway during the work however, there may be occasions when we’ll need to temporarily restrict access while we lay the new pipe past their property. If we need to do this our site team will contact and liaise with them in advance.
As we’re laying a new pipe, we’re not expecting to affect anyone’s water supply. If this becomes necessary, we’ll notify them of the dates and times in advance if they will be affected.
We’re writing to customers in the area to notify them of these works and to let them know we won’t need access into their premises and to always be aware of bogus callers and before letting anyone in please make sure they ask to see their identification.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank everyone in advance for their patience.
Please be assured we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as possible.
If you’ve any questions about this work please contact either me, Mark, on 07790 617933 or our customer experience team on 0344 848 1099 (Monday to Thursday 8am to 5.30pm and 8am to 5pm on Friday) and quote reference.