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Essential sewer repairs, Apperley Lane

There is a large main sewer that runs under Apperley Lane in Rawdon which is over 100 years old and in poor condition. You may remember, in late 2015, the sewer collapsed causing damage to the road and local disruption. 

At the time of the collapse, we could only complete a temporary repair of the sewer as it is located so deep underground. We now need to return and carry out the permanent repairs in order to reduce the risk of sewer flooding and further damage to the road.

On Monday 24 July, we’ll start work to lay a new sewer on Apperley Lane which will replace the old one. Our contract partners, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), will carry out this work on our behalf. 

MMB will lay around 250 metres of new sewer and will be working from the roundabout to the Micklefield Lane junction. Preparation works will start during the week commencing 17 July and the whole scheme is planned to take around 11 weeks to complete, depending upon ground and weather conditions.

For safety reasons and due to the size of the equipment needed for this work, we need to close Apperley Lane one way for nine weeks. 

We have liaised with Leeds City Council Highways and traffic will be permitted to travel in a southerly direction (towards Bradford) along Apperley Lane but will utilise the north bound running lane.

Traffic travelling north bound in the direction of Rawdon or towards Leeds Bradford Airport will be diverted along Micklefield Lane and the A65, New Road Side. Please see the diversion plan below.

We understand this project is going to be disruptive but it’s essential that we repair this sewer to prevent sewer flooding to local homes and the road collapsing.

We’re carrying out the majority of the work in school summer holidays in order to reduce disruption. We recommend planning extra time for journeys, especially if travelling to the airport during peak hour periods.

At the end of the nine week one-way road closure, we’ll need to have traffic lights in place on Apperley Lane for two weeks.

Our site compound and welfare facilities will be located in private land on Warm Lane.

Pedestrian access will be maintain at all times. Access will also be maintained for residents who live within the closure area.

Buses will run as normal and follow the diversion route.

Your water and sewerage services won’t be affected and refuse collections will continue so please put your bins out as normal. 

Local businesses will remain open and we ask that you please continue to support them during this time.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please be assured we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as possible.

It’s unlikely that MMB or Yorkshire Water colleagues will need access to properties and residents and business owners are being asked to be on their guard against bogus callers while the team is working in the area.

Colleagues from both companies carry identity cards which can be checked by telephoning 0800 1 38 78 78 and they won't mind waiting while their details are verified.

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