Yorkshire’s ‘leakiest pipe’ finally set to be fixed

John Etches with his van and the new leakage campaign livery
John Etches with his van and the new leakage campaign livery
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One of Yorkshire’s leakiest pipes in Barnsley is finally set to be fixed permanently.

The stretch of six inch pipe work between Chapel Court and Oak Hill Primary School on Doncaster Road in Stairfoot has leaked 13 times within the last six years.

But contractors Morrison Utility Services will replace the leaky pipe on Monday, August 22.

It is part of an investment plan from Yorkshire Water to replace around 200 metres of badly damaged water mains.

Jayne Blackburn, Yorkshire Water’s project manager, said: “There have been a number of bursts on this stretch of road over the last few years which have caused significant damage and disruption.

“We’re committed to reducing this risk and whilst this work is likely to lead to some traffic disruption, hopefully residents and commuters will appreciate the long-term benefits of the project.”

Whilst work is being carried out, Yorkshire Water has liaised with Barnsley Council’s highways department to try and reduce any possible disruption to commuters.

Despite not requiring traffic lights, one of the lanes on the inbound carriageway will be coned off to allow the work to be done safely.

Neither Yorkshire Water nor Morrison Utility Services employees will need access to homes.

In addition, residents are being asked to be on their guard against bogus callers while crews are working in the area.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said: “Employees of both companies carry identity cards which can be checked by telephoning 0800 1 38 78 78.

“They won’t mind waiting whilst their details are verified.”

Yorkshire Water supplies around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water to more than five million people every day. It relies on more than 700 treatment works, 130 reservoirs and 62, 000 miles of mains to transport water around the county.