A BUSY Scarborough town centre route has re-opened after extensive water work improvements.
St Nicholas Street had been closed to traffic for four weeks as Yorkshire Water fitted a £45,000 230-metre section of pipework.
The new 11cm plastic pipe replaced an ageing network of pipes and is expected to significantly reduce the risk of water bursts and improve the quality of drinking water.
The work was hit by a 14-day delay as contractors negotiated the delicate nature of the old pipe structure.
The re-opening comes just days after Yorkshire Water announced massive improvement works for the Marine Drive area, which will start in 2012 and see traffic closures and one-way systems on the popular route.
Work will include a new overflow chamber, a storm water storage tank and a storm water pumping station at the Toll House Pumping Station.