£3 million clean water pipe replacement scheme in Harrogate
We’re continuing our £3 million scheme to lay 6 miles of new clean water pipes in Harrogate stretching from Beckwithshaw in the west to the Knaresborough side of Starbeck in the east of the town. This work, which is being completed on our behalf by Morrison Utility Services is to provide extra capacity to meet the predicted water needs of the growing number of new developments, whilst also improving the resilience of the overall water supply to the area.
Work has already been completed in Otley Road to lay this new pipe to Beckwithshaw and work is underway from Granby Road, near to Harrogate District Hospital to Forest Head Lane, Starbeck.
Work taking place on Granby Road to Forest Lane Head
Our £3 million scheme to lay six miles of new clean water pipes in Harrogate, stretching from Beckwithshaw in the west to the Knaresborough side of Starbeck in the east of the town is about to enter its final stage.
The major project, which started early in 2018 on Otley Road, is being carried out to provide extra capacity to meet the predicted water needs of the growing number of new developments in the town, whilst also improving the resilience of the overall water supply to the area.
During this final phase of work taking place on Granby Road to Forest Lane Head, we are laying a 212m long new water main along Forest Lane Head, due to start on Monday 22nd July.
The work will begin in Forest Lane Head at the traffic light junction with Forest Lane on the A59, with temporary traffic lights in operation until mid-September. The scheme to lay the new water pipe will gradually move further up Forest Lane Head towards its final destination near to Bilton Hall Drive and Harrogate Golf Club.
Bogs Lane, which is currently closed at Highways request, but will be re-opened in mid-August.
We appreciate that these works will cause some additional congestion on this very busy stretch of road and we ask that customers continue to bear with us whilst we complete this essential scheme. We have liaised closely with North Yorkshire Highways department throughout the scheme to try and minimise disruption as much as possible.
The work at this junction and along Forest Lane Head is being completed during the school holiday period to try and minimise congestion. Our teams will be working seven days a week to complete this scheme along the A59 as soon as possible. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience.
The first phase will start in Otley Road on 7 January and is expected to take until the middle of February to complete. Two-way traffic management will be in place along Otley Road which will be in operation 24 hours a day. Pipelaying will also commence in Trinity Road during this phase.
The second phase of the scheme will commence from the middle of February and will require lane closures in Leeds Road with two-way traffic lights in operation 24 hours a day. We’ll also start work in the Stray to lay the pipe to York Place. We’ve worked closely with Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Environmental Services to ensures we’ll not harm any of the mature trees and their roots.
The third stage will begin once phase two is completed and is anticipated to be mid to late March. This phase will be in York Place. Due to the proximity of the traffic lights at Station Parade, multi-way traffic lights will be in operation.
The fourth and final stage will see us return to Otley Road to connect up the new pipe to the existing network and once again will require two-way traffic lights in place.
Throughout all our work we’ll be doing everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as we can.
We won’t need access inside anyone’s property and customers should always ensure they ask for identification before letting anyone onto their property. If you’re ever in doubt, or have any questions, customers should contact Yorkshire Water’s helpline on 0345 124 24 24.
All our work in the Stray will be completed and fully reinstated before Harrogate stages the 2019 UCI Road World Championships and will not interfere with the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race or the Great Yorkshire Show.
If you would like any further information about our schemes you can contact our Customer Service Team on 0344 848 1099 (Monday to Thursday 8am to 5.30pm and 8am to 5pm on Friday).