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Traffic disruption on Anstey Lane for Severn Trent Water mains works

Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tap with water running from it

DRIVERS are being warned of traffic disruption ahead of essential works by Severn Trent Water on Anstey Lane.

The utility firm is replacing a large section of pipeline beneath the route as part of a £5million scheme to renew the water main and secure future supplies.

The work is due to begin on Monday, July 15, and is expected to last six weeks.

During this time, the Anstey Lane will be closed to inbound (city-bound ) traffic between the Glenfrith Way/Krefeld Way roundabout and the Beaumont Walk footpath. A diversion will take inbound traffic via Glenfrith Way, Groby Road and Blackbird Road.

As a result access to Darenth Drive will only be possible from the northbound lane of Anstey Lane, and vehicles exiting Darenth Drive will only be able to turn right (northbound) onto Anstey Lane. Diversion routes will be signposted.

The work will focus on a section of Anstey Lane near the Severn Trent Water premises at Leicester Water Centre, which is near the rear of Gilroes Cemetery.

There will also be a single inbound lane closure on the short section of Anstey Lane between the outer ring road and the roundabout with Bennion Road.

Outbound traffic will be able to continue using the route, which will temporarily be one way.

Seven Trent Water carried out major repairs and relining work in 2018 on much of the pipeline, which connects Cropston and the Leicester Water Centre.

However this section of the pipe was buried too deeply to be easily accessed until now.

Letters outlining the work and the impact on local traffic are being sent out to residents and businesses in the area in the run-up to work starting.

Timothy Ip, from Severn Trent said: “We know how important it is to have water when you need it, so projects like this are vital in making sure we can keep the water flowing through our network, and into our customers’ homes.

“This project started in early 2018, but we came across some difficulties whilst working which we’ve now resolved, so we’re back to complete the final section of work.

“We hope this doesn’t cause too much of a disruption, and that customers appreciate that this work will help protect the water supply for years to come.”

Leicester City Council’s highways network asset manager, Rupert Bedder, added: “Severn Trent Water have told us that they need to carry out these essential works, which will cause some degree of traffic disruption on this busy route.

“I would urge drivers to allow extra time for their journeys or if possible use an alternative route while Severn Trent Water complete their work.”

Further information on the scheme is available from Severn Trent Water at:, or from Severn Trent Water’s 24hr Customer Operations number on 0800 783 4444.

Details of all traffic and travel are available from Leicester City Council’s Area Traffic Control on Twitter via @ATCLeicester