Severn Trent to begin final stage of £1.5m work in Oakham in January

Thursday 21st December

Work by Severn Trent to complete a £1.5m water pipe replacement project in Oakham is to resume in the New Year. 

Engineers have already completed most of the work that will provide people in the county town with a high quality and reliable supply of water for the future.

Mike Holder, who is leading the project for Severn Trent, said: “So far we’ve installed almost 2.5km of brand new water pipes in Oakham, which will help to guard against leaks and bursts.

“We know how important it is for our customers to have access to clean fresh water whenever they need it and that’s why we’ve made such a big investment to improve our network for everyone in Oakham.

“We’d like to thank people for their patience so far and we’re delighted to say there’s just five weeks of work left before we’re finished.”

Engineers will continue work from Tuesday, 2 January with new pipes being installed beneath High Street, Market Place, Market Street and Dawson Court. 

To allow the work to be completed quickly and safely, a lane closure and one-way system will be in place on High Street. The direction of the one-way system will be from the railway crossing towards Burley Road. Between Tuesday, 2 January and Monday, 15 January the stops at the bus station on New Street will be relocated to Catmose Street, outside and opposite the library. 

Mike continues: “We know there has been some disruption to local people as a result of this project but we hope that everyone understands the long-term benefits that these new pipes will bring.

“Our contractors from Amey will work really hard to keep access to properties and businesses open as much as possible during the work. We’ve been out in the town speaking to local businesses to make them aware and would encourage anyone with any concerns to get in touch with us. 

“Once again we’d like to thank everyone in Oakham for their patience so far and ask them to bear with us as we reach the end of this major project.” 

The scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,300 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.  

For more information and updates about the work visit Planned Improvements | In My Area | Severn Trent Water ( and to receive free updates from Amey text OAKHAM to 01952 780333.