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A MAJOR part of Scarborough’s town centre one-way system is to close for the replacement of an antique water pipe.
Motorists will face disruption when St Nicholas Street closes for two weeks at the end of the month.
The move will see drivers face a time-consuming diversion as they are sent down Vernon Road and along Foreshore Road, where they will have to wait at the traffic lights before being sent up Eastborough and Newborough to rejoin St Thomas Street at a second set of lights.
People being dropped off at locations such as the Royal Hotel or Marks & Spencer, as well as buses, taxis and park-and-ride services will all be affected. The closure is to allow the replacement of a 230-metre pipe, which was laid in St Nicholas Street in 1900. Yorkshire Water has instigated the work as part of its £45,000 project to reduce leakage in Scarborough and improve drinking water quality.
The road will be closed from Monday, September 19, and is expected to reopen by Friday, October 9.
The work, carried out by contractors Morrison Utility Services, will see the antique pipe will be replaced with a 11cm wide plastic pipe,
Although pedestrians will still be able to access St Nicholas Street, the closure to traffic will cause disruption, with many bus routes affected including the Park and Ride Services.
Ray Hill, operations manager of bus operator EYMS, said: “We are still waiting for some information to come through regarding the closure, therefore we have not come to a decision on what we are going to do yet.
“We will however make sure all passengers are fully informed of any changes.”
Yorkshire Water has said it is working with businesses in the area to ensure deliveries are not affected by the project.
Claire Glavina, of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “Bursts on the current pipe under St Nicholas Street have led to losses of water supply and even flooding in the recent past, and 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 has gone into ensuring that we are doing everything we possibly can to minimise disruption around what we recognise is a highly sensitive area, and we are communicating with all businesses and residents who may be impacted during the work.
“While we need to close the road for a short period we want to reassure local residents and businesses that we will be working as fast as we possibly can to complete the project and thank them in advance for their patience.”
The company has confirmed that at no stage will it need to access customers’ properties, with the message reiterated for local residents to be on their guard for bogus callers.