Utility firm in a hole yet again

Cars queue to get through the temporary traffic lights on Holbeach Road.
Cars queue to get through the temporary traffic lights on Holbeach Road.

ANGLIAN Water is digging up a Spalding road for the third time this year.

Works are ongoing to replace 260 metres of main sewerage pipes along Holbeach Road, between the junctions with Queen’s Road and Roman Bank.

This is the third time workmen have dug up Holbeach Road in a scheme to replace ageing sewer pipes.

This is the third time workmen have dug up Holbeach Road in a scheme to replace ageing sewer pipes.

Contractors were first on site back in January when exploratory work took place to find the exact location of the pipe.

An Anglian Water spokesman said at that time it was discovered that the job would be a lot more difficult than anticipated.

Workers returned to the site in March when cameras were put down to assess the state of the pipes and now work is taking place to replace the pipe.

The spokesman said: “Work on the junction of Holbeach Road and Queen’s Road is part of a scheme to replace the area’s ageing sewer main.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the use of temporary traffic lights, but these are needed to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public while the work is done.

“By installing a new pipe we hope to avoid any chance of a future sewer collapse and the possible flooding that could result.

“Work at the Queen’s Road junction should be completed today (Thursday) and the plan then is to move the work along Holbeach Road to the junction with Roman Bank, where two-way traffic lights will be in place until next Tuesday.

“The work has been done in stages to try and minimise disruption as much as possible.”