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Severn Trent nearing the end of new water pipe project in Oakham

Wednesday 11th October

Severn Trent’s work to replace water pipes in Oakham is going well, with most of the project expected to be done before the end of November.

Engineers have now finished working on Burley Road and have moved on to High Street, where almost 400m of new pipes will be installed.

Mike Holder, project lead for Severn Trent, said: “We’re getting towards the final sections of work on this project and just wanted to thank everyone in Oakham for their patience while we’ve been working there.

“Any project of this size will bring some disruption and we’ve worked hard to keep people updated on our progress to minimise the impact it has on daily life in the town.

“We’ve now installed more than two kilometres of new pipes that will improve the quality of the fresh drinking water that’s delivered to people’s homes.”

The company will need to return in 2018 to complete work on Market Street and Market Place which cannot currently be accessed safely, as scaffolding has been put up around one of the listed buildings while its roof is repaired.

Mike added: “We had initially hoped to complete all our work in Oakham before Christmas but, unfortunately, the scaffolding that’s in place on Market Street means we’ll have to come back next year to finish off installing the new pipes.

“We’re planning to start that work at the beginning of February, as long as the work to the listed building has been completed, and should be finished by the end of March.”

The scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,400 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.

For more information and updates about the work visit www.stw.works.

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