City road lanes to be closed for sewer works

Rush hour traffic in Lancaster.
Rush hour traffic in Lancaster.

Motorists are to face a month of traffic jams in Lancaster city centre as work on the sewer system continues.

Work on an £18m sewer improvement project is now well under way – aimed at cleaning the River Lune and improving Morecambe’s bathing waters.

And as the work progresses United Utilities is warning motorists to expect lane closures while it makes a vital new connection in the city’s sewer system.

From Monday, August 5, there will be a four-week lane closure in Bulk Road outside Parliament Street Retail Park.

St Leonardgate will be made one way from Bulk Road to Rosemary Lane, and Phoenix Street will be closed to all traffic.

The lane closure is to allow a new underground storage tank at Parliament Street Retail Park to be linked into the existing sewer beneath Bulk Road.

The tank will be used to capture the extra volumes of dirty water that flood into the sewers during heavy rain – meaning it won’t have to spill into the river. After the rainstorm the sewage will be pumped away for treatment.

Dawn Harrington, project manager, said: “The new storage tank will only work with this vital connection, and that means we need access to the sewer in Bulk Road.

“We’ll make sure the traffic changes are well signposted on the approach to Bulk Road from Caton Road, to help you get in the correct lane.”

“We’re sorry for any disruption this may cause. We have been liaising with the council and many other agencies to help make sure we keep traffic moving.”

From Monday, July 22, United Utilities will be carrying out some modification work at several junctions, realigning kerbs and resurfacing, to make sure the diversion routes operate as smoothly as possible.

For more information visit or contact United Utilities on 0845 746 2200 and quote project number 80022307.

Lancaster’s sewer scheme forms part of United Utilities £3.5 billion investment programme between 2010 and 2015, which is delivering even better tap water and a cleaner environment.