Council issues deadline over London Road sewer works
By Kingston People | Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 16:46
Kingston Council this week issued a November deadline to Thames Water for the London Road sewer works currently underway.
Engineers have been trying to fix a collapsed sewer in the centre of Kingston with major disruption to traffic in and around Kingston. They have now been given until the end of November to clear the road.
Originally the work affecting London Road and Cambridge Road was due to carry on until a few days before Christmas much to the frustration of local commuters.
However, Kingston Council has now agreed changes to the project, including extended working hours, that should see the contractors clear the site by the end of November until the New Year. Any outstanding work would be finished after 20 January.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Strategic Transport, said: “I’m glad that Thames Water has agreed our plan to get the work done faster to lift the traffic restrictions. It’s good news for residents and businesses as we approach the busy festive shopping period.
“A lot of people have voiced concern about how long the work was taking, affecting London Road, Cambridge Road and traffic in and out of Kingston. We hope that we have found a sensible solution.”
Dave Theobald, repair and maintenance manager for Thames Water, said: “We are replacing around 55 metres of large sewer pipe beneath London Road in Kingston.
“A study of the sewer network is being carried out so we can better understand what work will need to be carried out in January.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this must-do job.”