United Utilities are warning that some of the main roads in Lancaster will be reduced to a single lane every evening for the next couple of weeks, as planning for the city’s sewer upgrade programme goes ahead.

Various roads will see restrictions imposed while inspections to the current sewer system take place. Most of the disruption caused will be minimal, as the lanes will only be closed between 8:00pm and 6:00am. Traffic management systems will be in place while the investigations are carried out and the roads will be returned back to full capacity every morning.

Heavy rain causes flooding into the River Lune from the sewer system, so when the improvements go ahead the engineers hope the risk of flooding will be eliminated.

The Co-ordinator on the project John Byron stated:

“This first phase of work is to gather vital intelligence so we can produce a bespoke engineering solution fit for Lancaster and protect the local environment and water courses.

“Due to the nature of the works it makes it quite difficult for access so that’s why we need to shut down traffic lanes in the city.

“We are sorry for the disruption but it will be worth it in the long run. The survey work is essential to the scheme.”

The roads affected include North Road, Damside Street, Rosemary Lane, St Georges Quay, Bulk Road and Cable Street.

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