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Severn Trent to replace water pipes on the A6003 at Manton

Severn Trent has started work to replace old water pipes in Oakham Road, Manton.

In the past few months Severn Trent Water has found and fixed leaks around the Sounding Bridge at Manton after reports from motorists about pools of water covering the road.

Chris Bown, area leakage manager, said: “We really want our customers to have a water supply that they can rely on, without us having to dig up the road every five minutes.

Manton Top bridgePhoto: Jack Martins
Manton Top bridgePhoto: Jack Martins

"Following the recent bursts on Oakham Road, and all of the inconvenience that caused for the local community, we made the decision to invest and replace the whole section of pipe, and we’re happy to say that the work has now begun."

Severn Trent will replace the old, brittle pipes with 700m of new plastic pipe, which is said to be 'much more reliable'.

Once the new pipe is in the ground, it will be tested to make sure everything is in working order, before the water supply is transferred from the old pipe to the new one.

The water company says that the work should take two weeks and have little impact on road users.

Traffic lights will be used outside of peak times.

Chris said: “We know that this work may mean a little bit more inconvenience for the local community, and we’d like to apologise to anyone who will be affected, and to ask for their patience once again.

"Once this work is complete, the area will have a modern, reliable water network that will last for generations, and hopefully we won’t need to do any more work for a good while.”

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