Work has started this week on a sewer upgrade in Leeds city centre. The upgrade works, which started on Thursday, are part of Yorkshire Water’s plans to improve the City’s waste water network and bring up to date some of the existing Victorian sewer pipes.

Yorkshire water have just embarked on a five year £120million scheme, to lower the risk of flooding in the region caused by sewers not performing to the best of their ability or not being large enough to cope with huge amounts of water at times of heavy rainfall.

The £600,000 works just getting underway in the town centre will see a drainage contractor replace a section of sewer in excess of 600 metres in length under Abbey Road. A section of the bus lane will be closed while the works take place and it’s hoped that if the works go to plan, they will be completed by the end of March.

Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team representative, Den Tansey, said on the Yorkshire Water website:

“We’re doing this work to hopefully put a stop to the series of leaks which have occurred on this ageing section of sewer over the last few years and ensure its in the best possible condition to continue to perform the vital role it serves.

We know that any work of this nature always has the potential to cause some short term disruption to road users, and with this in mind, we’ve worked hard to develop a plan which will mean that both lanes are kept fully open which should come as good news to road users and we want to reassure customers we’ll do everything we can to complete the work as quickly as possible, with the minimum amount of fuss”.

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