A £400,000 scheme to enable continuing development progress in Newcastle is set to start.
Contractors working on behalf of Northumbrian Water are to divert one of the three trunk mains supplying water to customers in the East of Newcastle and Wallsend areas.
The essential work will ensure that the water main, which currently runs through and adjacent to the development site, is relocated over the best route to support the regeneration of East Newcastle.
Work, scheduled to start on 6 February 2012, is expected to take up to three months to complete and will require the use of temporary traffic lights at two locations in the Ouseburn area, for only about seven to eight weeks of the construction period.
Northumbrian Water’s project manager Graeme Ridley, said: “This work has a double benefit. It will not only maintain the excellent quality of drinking water and safeguard future supplies but will also divert the water main to allow continued access for future development.
“We will work to minimise any inconvenience the work may cause in the area and reassure customers that they should not experience any interruption to water supplies at all while we are working.”
Traffic lights are required for the temporary closure of the south lane only of the A186 at Glass House Bridge, Sandyford, and are expected to be in use between 16 February to 12 April, 2012.
Traffic lights to allow temporary closure on the north lane only of the Quayside Road at the south end of Horatio Street, are also scheduled to be in use between 16 February and 12 April, 2012.
It is very unlikely that anyone from Northumbrian Water will need to gain access into customers’ homes or businesses while the work is being carried out in the Quayside area. If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home and instead should call the customer centre on 0845 717 1100 to confirm the caller’s identity.
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