Work to begin on sewer project

WORK begins today to give a stretch of Victorian-era sewer in Skipton a 21st century makeover.

The work is part of Yorkshire Water’s £120m programme of work to upgrade its sewer network and treatment works to help further reduce the risk of flooding to properties across the region.

The £15,000 scheme will see contractors Peter Duffy Ltd replace a small section of sewer along Gargrave Road, 30 metres west of the junction with Coach Street, which has been prone to problems in recent years due to its age and the increasing volume of flows running through it.

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The project is due to last a fortnight, with Yorkshire Water pledging to do everything possible to minimise disruption to local residents and road users.

For safety reasons it will be necessary to close Gargrave Road for the duration of the work, with a number of short well-signposted diversionary routes in place for road users.

Access to local homes and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

John Bond of Yorkshire Water said: “This essential work is being out to improve our sewer network in the town and ensure it’s best placed to meet the growing demands it comes under and ultimately help reduce the risk of sewer flooding and the impact this has on the local environment.

“Whilst there are many benefits that will come from these improvements, we recognise that it is going to cause some disruption to road users, which is why, in order to keep this to a minimum, we’re doing the work now, rather than during the busy Easter week.

“We’d like to reassure all local residents and road users that we’ll be working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible and thank them in advance for their patience and support.”

Yorkshire Water’s investment over the next five years will improve its sewer network ensuring it is better able to deal with the increasing flows of waste water which run through it.