New water pipes for Nottingham

26 January 2016

The centre of Nottingham is set to benefit from nearly half a kilometre of new water pipes as we start work in the city next week (Monday 25 January). The investment will help to reduce leaks and bursts and make sure the area continues to have a reliable water supply.

Sarah-Jayne O’Kane from Severn Trent, explains: “We’ll be working in the centre of Nottingham over the next seven weeks to replace the water pipes. The area’s pipes have grown old and are at more risk of leaking, so it’s important we carry out the work. We’ll be working in the roads around the council house, along High Street, Long Row, Old Market Square and Cheapside. We know that this is a very busy part of the city centre, so we’ve worked closely with the local council and the Highways Authority over the last few months to find a way of doing the work without causing too much disruption.

“The good news is that we won’t have to close any of the roads, and we’ll make sure that access to all shops and businesses is kept open at all times.  And our work in Cheapside will be carried out during the night when the trams aren’t running so we don’t have any impact on the service. In addition, we’ve been out and visited all of the businesses in the city centre to explain what we’re doing, and to find out how we can help to make their lives as easy as possible while we’re there.”

Our contract partner, Laing O’Rourke, is replacing old cast iron pipes with more reliable plastic ones and work is expected to be finished by the end of March. Sarah-Jayne adds: “We appreciate that any work in such a busy city centre shopping area can cause inconvenience, but we’ve planned this carefully to help minimise disruption and we’d like to ask the local community for their patience until the new pipes are in place. Once all of the work is complete, the area will have modern, reliable water pipes that will last for many years.”