Sewer works in Manchester city centre will start today (11th Oct) to replace a section of sewer that collapsed on Princess Street.

The sewer, which in places is up to ten metres deep, needs to be repaired after United Utilities found the issue recently.

Throughout the works, one lane will be closed to traffic while drain maintenance engineers dig a shaft to the collapse in the middle of the roadway. The works have been carefully planned in conjunction with the highways agency and the contractors that United Utilities have chosen to use.

Motorists are being warned that there will be lengthy delays in the affected area.

United Utilities Ian Fullalove stated:

“This is a big and complicated repair job. The sewer is buried deep beneath the road, and unfortunately, we have no option but to sink a shaft into the middle lane of Princess Street in order to access the damaged area.

“We’re advising motorists to avoid using Princess Street if they can, and choose an alternative route. Although one lane will remain open on Princess Street, it is likely to be very slow going.”

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