Resort road works alert

Mains road: United Utilities will be holding information sessions over the water work in Blackpool
Mains road: United Utilities will be holding information sessions over the water work in Blackpool
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Drivers in Blackpool are being warned to expect delays and diversions when a major water work programme starts at the end of the month.

United Utilities is having to clean and refurbish water supply pipes in the centre of Blackpool to make sure supplies remain clean.

Work has already begun on a water main pipeline at Little Plumpton, close to the Preston New Road, but in the coming weeks work will transfer to Blackpool.

It is set to begin at the Warbreck water tower in phase one of the operation, heading down Warbreck Hill Road, Willshaw Road and then into Dickson Road.

The work will continue into Topping Street, Alfred Street, Adelaide Street past the Tower and into Central Drive and Kent Road.

United Utilities said that in some instances this will require road works, traffic management and lane road closures. They said there may also be some localised minor disruption to water supplies.

The second phase involves the main which runs down Central Drive, St Annes Road and then out to Westby.

The company is staging a roadshow at St John’s Church Cedar Square today and Friday between 10am to 3pm.

It is part of United Utilities’ £13m three-year project to clean one of the North West’s largest water pipes.

The pipe, 17km in length, stretches all the way from Westby through to Blackpool and serves over 50,000 homes and businesses.

Peter Cummings United Utilities project co-ordinator said: “The majority of our work along this pipeline depends on us completing a new section of water pipe from Westby reservoir, across the fields north of Preston New Road, past Little Plumpton, to the fields opposite Foxwood Chase, which is currently under way.

“This is to ensure nobody notices any change to the service they receive.

“Fortunately, due to extra capacity in our water network in Blackpool town centre, we do have the flexibility to switch off a section of this pipeline in this location, 
prior to this work being completed.

“We’re just in the process of finalising our plans for this work in the town centre, as we need to make some late changes to our programme.

“I would urge people to spare some time to pop along to see our public exhibition, to find out more about what will be happening. If you don’t get a chance to attend the drop-in session, don’t worry.

“We’ll continue to provide further information about each section of our work to those customers likely to be affected.”

You can also keep updated at unitedutilities.com/blackpool