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Council gives Thames Water London Road sewer works deadline

Engineers tackling a collapsed sewer in the centre of Kingston which is causing traffic delays have been given until the end of November to clear the roads.

Council officers have agreed an action plan with Thames Water that will speed up the work and ease pressure on roads, residents and businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

Originally the work affecting London Road and Cambridge Road was due to carry on until a few days before Christmas.

Now Kingston Council has agreed changes to the project, including extended working hours, with Thames Water and its contractors that will save time and see the contractors clear the site by the end of November until the New Year.

Any outstanding work required to finish the job will not start before 20 January and will require the council’s approval.

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.”