Commuters are being asked to plan ahead as essential work to clean water pipes in Newcastle moves into Gosforth.
The £66 million Northumbrian Water mains cleaning programme, which will protect tap water quality for the future, will involve working outside the Gosforth Hotel from Monday July 27.
This two-week phase of work will see the water company’s contractor, Morrison Utility Services, working at the junction of High Street, Salters’ Road and Church Road to clean a large diameter water main.
Due to the location, temporary six-way traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the work with temporary pedestrian crossings at key locations to maintain access.
Richard Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager said: “We appreciate that this is a highly traffic-sensitive area of Gosforth and we want to make sure that road users are given the opportunity to plan their journey to avoid delay.
“We will do everything that we can to complete this essential work as quickly as possible and will keep you updated with progress.
“We’re working very closely with Newcastle City Council to make sure that the traffic management in place causes the least possible disruption however we do expect there to be some delay at busy times for which we apologise.”
Once this section of work is complete, the contractor will be returning to work on Kenton Road to carry out further cleaning.
Pressure jetting technology will be used to clean the water pipes. This method of cleaning involves using a self-propelling ‘pig’ which uses water jets to propel it along and clean sections of pipe at the same time. This technology allows longer sections of pipe to be cleaned with a minimal number of access pits.
Customers who require further information or require assistance during this work should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0345 717 1100, visit www.themainevent-nwl.co.uk or follow @nwater_care on twitter.
Northumbrian Water and Morrison Utility Services will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while this work is carried out and residents should be vigilant of bogus callers posing as officials from the water company and their contractor.
For further information contact Stef Johnson on 0191 301 5325.