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MAJOR ROADWORKS: Leeds shuts in 2022 for ONE MILE of crumbling pipe replacement

Wednesday 31st March 2021

MOTORISTS who use Leeds and Langley as a cut-through between the A20 and A274 face weeks if not months of disruption while the water board dig up the road to replace ONE MILE of crumbling piping.

Residents received a letter from South East Water yesterday warning them of impending exploratory works to assess the extent of the problem.

SEW recently linked heavy vehicle use of the B2163 with burst pipes, leading to renewed calls for a relief road.

There are closures from April 6 - 11 from Horseshoes Lane and George Lane.

The letter said: "You may be aware your area has suffered a number of bursts resulting in low pressure or no water.

"This is unacceptable...we plan to replace 1.6km (0.99m) of old, unreliable water main in Upper Street (Leeds) south of Leeds and Broomfield CoE Primary School and Burberry Lane as early as 2022."

The last time the road was meant to be "closed", motorists simply moved barriers and heavy wire fences to avoid diversions, sometimes driving over verges and pavements.

County councillor Gary Cooke, pictured recently in the worst affected area, said: "There has been one road closure and after another - quite ridiculous. It's not just South East Water but other utility companies too.

"We have been suffering leak, after leak, after leak in Leeds and maybe this announcement is acceptance we have got a very old pipe network that keeps failing. Everybody suffers.

"It is hard to believe that the number of vehicles does not have an impact. It strengthens my and others' calls for an end to inertia and start talking seriously about a relief road."