£14 million upgrade for Carlisle's water mains

Work gets underway this month (February) on an a £14 million programme to upgrade Carlisle's water pipes.

The scheme, which will be delivered in several phases over a three year period, will see a total of 30km of old pipes replaced.

Some of Carlisle's water pipes are more than 100 years old and are reaching the end of their useful life. The investment will ensure a reliable service for customers for many decades to come.

The first phase of the scheme will begin w/c February 8, and run through to October this year. This will see engineers replace pipes from Cummersdale through Upperby to Harraby . Modern pipe laying techniques will be used to minimise the number of excavations required, and reduce traffic impact.

Streets where work will be taking place include Durranhill Road, Blackwell Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Kirklands Road, Upperby Road, Eastern Way and London Road.

Some work will also take place in Keenan Park during this first phase, but is not expected to impact on access for park users.

The second phase of the project, scheduled for Autumn 2016, will take place in the Scotby, Wetheral and Cumwhinton areas. More details will be announced nearer the time.

Alex Bolton, United Utilities' network business manager said: "This investment programme will upgrade pipes serving 43,000 homes and businesses in Carlisle, providing customers with a reliable, high quality water service for many years to come.

"We will be liaising closely with local residents and businesses, as we progress with the work, and will do everything possible to minimise inconvenience."