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Work to be carried out on Hunslet Lane to help control Leeds' water demand

Yorkshire Water will start  work on Hunslet Lane near to the Crown Point Retail Park as part of a £1.8 million pound scheme to give the city's underground network of pipes a 21st century makeover.

It is being carried out to help cope with huge spikes in demand for water, with around 12 million litres of water consumed each day in the city centre alone.

Roadworks will begin on Wednesday 25 July and will last for approximately six weeks, with one lane due to be closed in both directions on Hunslet Lane until complete. Work will be carried out seven days a week between the hours of 7am - 9pm.

It involves a ‘smart’ valves being installed and in total six will be fitted in key areas of the water pipe network in the city centre. Similar work has already been completed near to the University of Leeds and Leeds General Infirmary. The remotely controlled ‘smart’ valves are being fitted to help control the flow of water, which will prevent pressure surges that can occasionally lead to burst pipes and supply disruptions.

Yorkshire Water’s communications advisor Mark Allsop said: “We’ve liaised closely with Leeds City Council highways department regarding every aspect of this essential work and they’ve stipulated we need to complete this work now, during the school holidays, to minimise traffic disruption. To carry out this work safely we’ll need to close the outside lanes of Hunslet Lane, in both directions, next to the central reservation and to the west of Crown Point Road junction, 24 hours a day whilst we complete this scheme. The inner lanes and the slip roads in to the Crown Point Retail Park will not be affected."

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