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Essential clean water improvements in Pontefract

Yorkshire Water is due to start the first of three phases of activity on Horsefair, Mickelgate Square and Mickelgate in Pontefract to replace an ageing clean water supply pipe.

Over the last few years, the water pipe under the roads has burst on a number of occasions and caused occasional water discoloration issues, so is now being replaced by Yorkshire Water contractors to ensure high quality drinking water to local residents.

The first phase of activity will commence on Horsefair on Sunday 28th January, 9am – 5pm, and to minimise traffic disruption work will only take place over three consecutive Sundays ending on the 11th February.

Phase two will involve work on Micklegate Square and start on Monday 12th February, lasting around three weeks. Whilst the work progresses parking bays will be suspended around the square to allow Yorkshire Water technicians to work safely.

Once the work in Micklegate Square is complete, the final phase of activity will be on Micklegate itself and progress towards Castle Chain, which will take around three weeks to complete. Whilst this work is undertaken, vehicles will only be able to travel south along Micklegate from Spink Lane and a localised diversion route will be in place with parking bays along Micklegate also suspended.

John Bond, Communications Advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “We've liaised closely with the local highways department regarding every aspect of this essential water quality work and would like to apologise for any traffic or parking inconvenience it may cause, which we intend to keep to an absolute minimum. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and refuse collections won't be affected so we ask residents to please put out your bins as normal. Whilst carrying out the work there may be times when we’ll need to briefly interrupt water supply, but before any interruptions residents affected will receive a hand delivered card notifying of the dates and times in advance."

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