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Project to reduce sewer bursts in Kirkstall finishes

We have just completed a £3m project to replace a 1.5km stretch of sewer pipe under Abbey Road in Kirkstall.
The old sewer had burst nine times within the last five years causing traffic disruption each time, so it has now been replaced by a new, more robust pipe by our contractors, Barhale.
The new sewer will reduce the risk of future pollution incidents and the traffic disruption that happens as a result of this main bursting.
Andrew McKinley, Yorkshire Water Project Manager said: “We'd like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we carried out this vital sewer replacement scheme which will have a positive impact of reducing the number of road closures in the future."
A new scheme will now commence, with a new manhole and sewer connection on Abbey Road to serve the Kirkstall Forge development. This project will take three weeks to complete, starting on Monday 14 August, and for safety reasons, two-way traffic lights will be in place on Abbey Road between Walk Gate and Kirkstall Forge.
Neither Yorkshire Water or Barhale colleagues will need access to residents' properties and residents are being asked to be on their guard against bogus callers while crews are working in the area. 


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