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Gillygate to be closed to vehicles whilst essential water quality improvements take place

Works will take place on Gillygate in York from April 24 for up to two weeks to clean and re-line a water supply pipe so that drinking water quality is enhanced following feedback from customers. 

It has been agreed with City of York Council's highways department that the road will be closed between the junctions with Bootham (the A19) and Claremont Terrace/Lord Mayor’s Walk with fully signed traffic diversions put in place.  

The work is being undertaken by our service partner Morison Utility Services (MUS) following several customers reporting discoloured water issues. To ensure the work is done as swiftly as possible, MUS will be working Monday to Sunday 7am to 7pm throughout the project. 

It will involve the three inch water main on Gillygate, originally laid in 1910, being dug down to and relined to improve the taste and appearance of  drinking water in the area. 

Homes and businesses operating on Gillygate have been sent a letter to make them aware of the planned works and all businesses within the closure will be visited by MUS colleagues in the coming weeks. 

Yorkshire Water Project Manager, Dave Standish said: "We're aware of the impact these essential improvements will have with regards to traffic and we'd urge people to bear with us whilst we carry out this important work. Gillygate is a hotspot for water quality contacts and we have a duty to ensure we can continue to provide the best possible drinking water to our customers. 

“We want to assure you that we’ll do everything we can to complete this work as quickly as possible and keep disruption to a minimum. Businesses are open as usual and we ask that you continue to support them during this time." 

Access will be maintained for emergency services as well as residents living along Gillygate, Portland Street and Claremont Terrace, along with Bootham school. Businesses will remain open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times along Gillygate. 

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