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15 May 2014, 06:44
£1.3 million pound scheme to replace St Neots to Great Gransden water mains
A £1.3million project to replace over nine kilometres of water pipes from St Neots to Great Gransden will get underway later this month.
The scheme, which is due to finish at the end of December, will eliminate leaks and interruptions to supply which have been a problem for residents in recent years.
Work starts on Tuesday 27th May commencing from the East side of St Neots and following the B1046 as it runs through the villages of Abbotsley to Great Gransden.
Satnam Kaur from Anglian Water said: "A project of this scale will inevitably cause some disruption to residents and we're sorry for the impact this will have. However, we know the residents affected will understand the importance of the scheme and the benefits it will bring.
"We will be doing all we can to keep inconvenience to a minimum. Rather than digging up over nine kilometres of roads in the area, we are using 'trenchless' working techniques for approximately half the length, which means we only need to dig 'access pits' at key points along the pipe replacement route. This will help speed up the work."
The work will be carried out using two way traffic lights to ensure there are no road closures.
Satnam continued: "The water supply for properties along the route of the new mains will be interrupted briefly when we swap their service over to the new pipe. This will make sure that their water is kept at the highest standard. We will write to customers in advance of this happening with a thorough explanation and full details of when and how long their home will be affected."
Anglian Water has agreed with Abbotsley and Great Gransden Parish Councils to host a public drop-in session at each village. The first session has been arranged on Tuesday 20th May in Abbotsley Village Hall between 3pm and 7pm. A second public drop-in session at Great Gransden will take place at The Reading Room on Fox Street on Tuesday 27th May from 5.30 pm to 8pm.