Next stage of works to start

Kirkby Road is to close for water pipe upgrades from Monday, April 16.
Kirkby Road is to close for water pipe upgrades from Monday, April 16.
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A drop-in session is being held by Yorkshire Water as it begins its next stage of works in the city.

The utility company has been carrying out a project to replace Ripon’s old waterpipes with new ones since January, in a bid to reduce water leakage and improve water quality.

So far more than 650 meters of Victorian pipes have been replaced along Allhallowgate and Princess Road, and now work is moving to Kirkby Road.

Before work starts on the road which will be closed for the duration, a drop-in session will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday, April 3 to find out more about the work being carried out.

Between 4.30pm and 6.30pm Yorkshire Water representatives will be on hand to talk residents through the works before they start on Monday, April 16.

It is expected to take around 13 weeks to replace the 1,354 meters of pipe under the road during which Kirby Road will be closed to traffic.

The company has stressed that at no stage will it need access to customers’ properties and is warning residents to be on their guard for bogus callers.

Yorkshire Water’s director of asset delivery, Charlie Haysom praised Ripon residents for their patience during the lengthy upheaval.

“The fantastic support and understanding we’ve had from the people of Ripon has enabled us to make excellent progress.

“The project is fully on schedule as it enters its next phase.

“It’s a massively important undertaking for everybody concerned as not only will the replacement of old pipes help to significantly reduce leakage on our underground network, but it will also ensure that we continue to deliver some of the best drinking water in the world to our customers in the area.

“Any work of this magnitude is always likely to result in some traffic disruption, but we want to reassure all concerned that we’ll continue to do everything we can to complete the work with the minimum amount of inconvenience to all affected.”

The project is part of a wider £4m programme of work being carried out across the district with approximately 9km of pipe being replaced in Ripon. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Yorkshire Water is also installing technology along its underground network across the region which sends information to the control centre detailing what is happening inside the pipes alerting the company to any changes in pressure that might result from a burst.