Eight weeks of roadworks while water pipes are replaced in £7.8 million scheme near Ludlow

By Lucy Todman | Ludlow | News | Published:

Motorists in south Shropshire will face disruption for up to eight weeks while old water pipes are replaced as part of a £7.8 million scheme.

A drop in session has been organised by Severn Trent to be held today to give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the project.

The company will be replacing old water pipes beneath the B4361 with brand new ones to help reduce the possibility of leaks and bursts happening in the future.

More than £600,000 will be invested in the work as part of a £7.8m scheme to replace almost 50km worth of water pipes in the south Shropshire area around Ludlow.

Dave Cottom, who is leading the project for Severn Trent, said: “We know the pipes in this area have been in place for a long time and we don’t want to be in a position where we regularly have to come out to fix leaks and bursts because we know there’s nothing worse for our customers than losing their water supply without warning.

“That’s why we’ve taken the decision to install brand new water pipes in Ludlow that will provide a really reliable water supply for generations to come and now we want to meet with as many local people as possible to share our plans and make them aware of where and when we’ll be working.”

A community drop-in session will take place at the Village Hall at Richards Castle from 4pm to 7pm.

Work is scheduled to start on February 12.

Mr Cottom added: “We know how important it is for our customers to have access to fresh drinking water whenever they need it so this is really important work for the people of Ludlow.


“Engineers from our contractor Amey will work as quickly as possible to minimise disruption and we’ll keep access to homes and businesses clear as much as we can,” said Mr Cottom.

“We know this will cause some local disruption but we hope people will bear with us while we complete this essential work that will have long-lasting benefits for the future.”

To allow engineers to install the new pipes safely there will be a temporary closure on the B4361 between Overton and the crossroads at Wheatcommon Lane for around eight weeks. A fully signposted diversion will be in place.

The scheme forms part of Severn Trent’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure which will see the equivalent of £1,400 invested for every home and business it serves between 2015 and 2020.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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