WORK to replace a huge Victorian water pipe under a busy Scarborough town centre route has been delayed by two weeks.
Contractors fitting a new £45,000 230-metre section of pipework under St Nicholas Street have been granted a 14-day extension to complete the work.
The company have cited the volume and delicate nature of the ageing pipework network for the delay.
However, they have reassured residents and motorists the route - which was due to re-open yesterday - will be accessible again before the school half-term period.
A spokesman from Yorkshire Water said: “We want to get it right first time and residents and nearby companies have been brilliant and very supportive and understanding.
“We are working flat out to get the work completed.”
The company has revealed the water pipe, due to its age, had become increasingly prone to bursting and has been replacing it with a 11cm plastic pipe.
The move is expected to significantly reduce the risk of future water bursts and protect the quality of drinking water.
Claire Glavina, from Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said the upgrade was a necessity which would provide the town’s water supply with a much-needed boost.
She said “Bursts on the current pipe under St Nicholas Street have led to losses of water supply and even flooding in the recent past.
“With the potential for future bursts to impact on businesses and the large hotels in the area, it makes sense to completely replace the pipe with a new more robust version.
“A lot of thought went into ensuring that we have done everything we possibly could to minimise disruption around what we recognise is a highly sensitive area.
“We have been communicating with all businesses and residents and would like to thank them for their patience.”