Severn Trent to provide £2.5m network improvement project in Leicestershire 

26th January 2023

Severn Trent is preparing to start a £2.5 million programme of works to upgrade 8km of water pipes in Leicester.

The works, which are due to start from 27th February 2023 are expected to take 12 months and will begin at St Barnabas Road, before moving on to the surrounding streets.  Teams will be replacing older pipes with new to reduce the risk of issues such as bursts which can affect customers' water supply. 

Residents will receive a letter closer to the start of works, inviting them to a drop-in session to learn more about the project. 

Dave Kiernan, Programme Manager at Severn Trent, said: “Ensuring that our customers receive an uninterrupted supply of water is our top priority and key to that is upgrading our networks to meet both current requirements and the challenges of climate change and a growing population. 

“Upgrading our infrastructure also plays a big role in helping us to achieve our commitment to reduce leakage from our network by 15% from 2020 to 2025, our largest ever reduction in a five-year period.”

In order to safeguard the teams carrying out the work and to ensure the safety of other road users during the works, a rolling programme of temporary traffic restrictions including lane closures, parking bay suspensions and traffic lights, will be put in place as the works progress.  

Dave continued: “We always try to minimise the disruption caused by projects such as this and we understand how frustrating roadworks can be. We will be working hard to get the project completed as quickly as possible and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience while we make these essential upgrades.

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