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Yorkshire Water are about to start a project to improve water supplies in Bailiff Bridge

On Monday 12 January 2015 engineering specialists, Morrison Utility Services, will begin to replace the main water pipe that runs under Halifax Road and Birkby Lane (the A649).

Yorkshire Water will replace 1080 metres of ageing water main, between the junction with Whitwood Lane and the entrance to Hartshead Moor Reservoir in order to improve the water supply.

The £200,000 project will take around six weeks to complete.

The existing cast iron water main is 80 years old and is now in bad condition, having burst numerous times in the last five years.

As the team will be working in one side of the carriageway, there will be a lane reduction and speed restriction to 30 mph to protect the workforce.

Traffic lights will also be used when the team need to cross the carriageway.

Ross Housley, Project Manager for Yorkshire Water, comments: “Although this improvement work will cause some short-term disruption, it will significantly reduce the risk of the water pipe from bursting in the future, securing water supplies for local residents.

“We’d like to apologise to residents and road-users for any inconvenience caused.”

Yorkshire Water would like to warn customers to be on their guard against bogus callers. In most cases, Morrison Utility Services won’t need access to homes. However, occasionally they need access to properties to check stop taps. Before letting anyone into your home please make sure you ask for identification.

Customers may have their water supply impacted by this work but they will be notified with dates and times of any potential disruption.

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