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ROAD CLOSURE: Leeds village to shut for another week, says water company

Wednesday 13th January 2021

LEEDS village may be shut for another week for repairs to a burst water main to be carried out.
South East Water has apologised to residents inconvenienced by noisy night work and failing to enforce road closures on one of the busiest roads in the borough.
The B2163 is used 24 hours a day by motorists needing to get from the A274 to the A20/M20 but the water company say it may be shut until January 20.
Drivers have been removing "road closed" signs and cones to drive into the narrow gap between the work area and the kerb opposite to avoid a longer diversion.
Andy Beston, Regional Network Manager, South East Water said: “Firstly, we would like to apologise to local people for any disruption caused by the repairs carried out to a burst water main on the A2163 running through Leeds village.
“As the work involved turning off the water supply to around 100 properties, the complex repairs were run over two consecutive nights – Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 January - to keep the water on during the daytime and to minimise impact to local residents during this lockdown period with more people at home.
“To protect our workforce, motorists and local residents we have had to close that section of the road to traffic and it will remain shut until full reinstatement is complete. We anticipate this closure will be removed by Wednesday (20 January) once we have restored the road to its original state.
“A signed diversion route is in place and we have strengthened the barriers around the road closure as we’ve received reports of motorists ignoring the road closure signs and moving the barriers to continue their journey along this section of the road.  
“We know that temporarily closing a road can be disruptive to the local community, however we would urge all road users to follow the diversion route around the closure. We would like to say thank you to the majority of drivers who have been driving carefully and considerately during these repairs.
“Our technicians work around the clock to find and fix leaks so do instruct our workforce to be considerate of local residents and tried to keep noise down to a minimum."
Residents complained of being unable to sleep amid the noise of the works but also workers shouting and singing loudly.