Kirkby Rd to close for water pipe works

Kirkby Road will be closed for two weeks in September as Yorkshire Water contractors replace ageing pipes under the street.

Plans to close the road for 13 weeks earlier in the year were abandoned after nearby residents raised concerns.

Now Yorkshire Water have said their contractors _ engineering firm Morrison Utility Services – have found a less intrusive way of doing the work by using private land that borders Kirkby Road.

It will take six weeks to replace the 1,354 metres of 50 year old pipe, and work begins in mid August.

The road will be closed for two weeks at the beginning of September while homes are connected to the new pipe work.

Yorkshire Water project manager Tom Keighley said: “We understand that the project will still cause some disruption and would like to apologise in advance for this."

The pipe is prone to bursting so it is essential that the pipe is replaced, so the company can continue to provide an excellent service to customers in Ripon, a company spokesman said.

The road will be closed between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm, and signposted diversions will be in place, he added.