Brand new water pipes for Ratby

22 January 2016

Residents in the village of Ratby, Leicestershire, are set to benefit from nearly half a mile of brand new water pipes, thanks to Severn Trent. The company’s contract partner Laing O’Rourke, will begin work on Monday 25 January, investing over £100,000 in the new pipes, which will help make sure its customers’ taps and toilets keep working.

Sarah-Jayne from Severn Trent, explains: “As water pipes get old, they can become weaker, making them more prone to leaks and bursts.  We want to make sure our customers’ water supply is always there when they need it, which is why we’re laying the new water pipes. During our work in Ratby, we’ll need to close Stamford Street for 12 weeks in order to keep everybody safe. We’ll also be using temporary traffic lights on Main Street, and then when we move on to Wolsey Drive we’ll be using signage and barriers to help the flow of traffic in the area.

“We appreciate this may cause some disruption to the local area but we’ll try and allow as much vehicle access as possible for residents and businesses. Pedestrians will be able to use the pavements but there may be short periods during the working day, when we may have to ask them to wait for the site team to finish working, to allow them to pass.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience this work is going to cause, but it’s really important to make sure that water supplies for our customers are reliable going forward. We’ll do all we can to help minimise disruption and keep everyone affected up to date with progress. We’d like to ask the local community for their patience while we put the new pipes in place. But once all of the work is complete, the area will have a modern water network that will last for many years to come.”