Work by Anglian Water to repair a collapsed sewer some eight metres beneath Jesus Lane in Cambridge has been temporarily suspended.

The project, which was expected to take 12 weeks to complete, has been hampered by the freezing temperatures which making working conditions very difficult and by unexpected complications from other nearby utilities.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We know that this sewer repair is causing disruption to local residents and road users and we are sorry for that. We would like to assure customers that we are doing what we can to complete this project as close to the predicted 12 weeks as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.  

“As engineers dug down to repair the damaged sewer, they discovered large concrete supports for a nearby water main are in the way. This means they now need to find an alternative way down to the sewer that does not disrupt the local water supply.”  

The short section of Jesus Lane will remain closed to through traffic between the roundabout with Victoria Avenue and Maids Causeway, and Manor Street, until this project can be completed.  

A diversion route will be clearly signposted directing traffic along Victoria Avenue, Chesterton Road, Magdelene Street and Park Street. On the road parking along Manor Street will be suspended during the works however access to the Park Street Car Park will be maintained throughout.