£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.
Prince of Wales roundabout scheme
In January we commenced the next phase of this work taking our pipe around the Prince of Wales roundabout. This involves laying the new pipe in the highway in Otley Road, Trinity Road and Leeds Road before cutting across a short section of the Stray before connecting in to the existing clean water network in York Place.
To ensure the safety of the onsite team and road users it will be necessary to have traffic management in place whilst the work takes place and Trinity Road will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the duration of the scheme which is expected to be completed by mid-April 2019. Local signed diversions will be in place.
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.
York Place scheme
Our next scheme will start in February 2019 and will be to lay the pipe along the northern edge of the Stray alongside York Place and Knaresborough Road. This work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.
With the Stray being such an intrinsic and unique part of Harrogate, we’ve consulted and worked closely with Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Environmental Services and North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department to ensure trees and grassed areas are protected throughout the work.
We’ve completed ecological surveys and engaged an arboriculturist to advise us how we should do this work and were using specialist track matting to protect the grass from equipment; where the ground has to be dug up to lay the new pipes it will be filled back as quickly as possible; and work will take place as far away as needed from the tree canopies and root spread to avoid unnecessarily damaging any of the trees.
The arboriculturist and the council’s Parks and Environmental Services team will regularly meet with our teams to advise what they need to do to ensure no harm is caused to the Stray.
We’re also using a lighter weight pipe which means we’ll be able to reduce the size of our construction vehicles needed to lay the pipe which will in turn help protect the Stray.
The scheme will start near to Stray Rein and move along the Stray towards Willaston Road, near to the hospital, and Knaresborough Road. For safety reasons our working area will need to be fenced off, but where necessary crossing points will be provided.
Between February 23rd and March 3rd, to coincide with the school holidays, Oatlands Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic near to its junction with York Place so that the pipe can be laid under the road. We’ll need to make some connections to our existing water pipe network in the road at this location.
Signed diversions will be in place via Wetherby Road during the road closure but pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
The next phase of work will involve using specialist drilling techniques to lay the pipe underneath Wetherby Road to ensure traffic disruption is avoided.
We’re going to replace some of our metal ironwork covers, which are already located in the Stray on our existing clean water pipe network, with new grass insert chamber covers. This will reduce the covers visibility and help protect the appearance of the Stray.
Where it’s not possible to use these covers, due to the depth of the chamber, we may use artificial turf to minimise their visual appearance.
We’ll also need to remove 4 trees during the schemes. Once again, we’ve worked with the Parks and Environmental Services team and we’ll ensure that trees of a similar size and species will be planted in their place. The ones identified are not mature trees.
The reason why the decision has been taken to remove these is so we can keep away from the roots of the mature trees. We’ve taken arborculturist advice to plant specially grown nursery trees with an enclosed and protected root ball as these will take to their new environment better than trying to replant the trees. Experience has shown these have a high risk of failing to regrow.
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).