City centre roads cut to one lane

SOME of Lancaster’s busiest city centre roads will be reduced to one lane in the evening as preparations begin for a multi-million pound upgrade to the city’s sewer network.

The restrictions are needed so that sewers and manholes along Damside Street, Bulk Road, Cable Street, North Road, Rosemary Lane and St Georges Quay can be accessed for camera surveys.

Motorists are being warned to expect disruption for around three weeks between 8pm and 6am from Monday, June 13.

Engineers said they were confident the improvements will reduce the risk of flooding.

They are part of a protection scheme to improve the local environment and bring Lancaster’s old sewer network into the 21st century.

The first phase of work will start on St George’s Quay and engineers will work their way around the city centre roads.

Project co-ordinator John Byron said: “Due to the nature of the works it makes it quite difficult for access so that’s why we need to shut down traffic lanes in the city.

“We are sorry for the disruption but it will be worth it in the long run.”

The utility firm are working with the bus operators, and highways officials to minimise disruption.

Further details can be found at www.unitedutilities.com or by calling 0845 7462200 and quoting project number 80022307.