Final set of sewer works begin on Preston roads

Posted on - 1st February, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston News, Riversway, Roads

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Local residents have been left frustrated as a Preston junction gets dug up once again.

Water company United Utilities has pleaded for one final bit of patience from Ashton and Riversway residents as Watery Lane, Strand Road and Douglas Street are worked on.

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April Dwyer, who lives in the area, said the sewer works were cauing “absolute traffic chaos at peak times.”

Douglas Street in particular has forced drivers to use alternative streets and turned them into rat runs.

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It is part of a £160 million project by United Utilities to upgrade the Preston sewer system.


The work includes construction a new 3.5km underground storage tunnel.

Janet Clarke, project coordinator, said: “Before the project is officially completed by the end of February 2014, we always made it clear our engineers would need to return to Watery Lane, Marsh Lane and Fishergate Hill area of Preston to carry out final preparation and testing work.

“We know roadworks are a pain. And we thank the community for their on-going patience.

“But after having a regular presence above, and below the surface for the past four years in the area, we’re delighted one of the biggest engineering schemes Preston has ever seen is coming to an end.”

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United Utilities say the works will reduce river pollution.

Have you been affected by the sewer works? Let us know in the comments below

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