Anglian Water has confirmed that Pembroke Street, Cambridge, will be closed to vehicles for a week from next Monday (12th August) while repairs are made to a broken sewer.

The water utility has been working with the council, University of Cambridge and the Cambridge BID to carefully plan the works so that any disruption to the busy City centre is minimised.  

The road will be open as normal from the junction of Tennis Court Road, with traffic diverted along this road to access the Grand Arcade car park and on to Downing Street. Pedestrians and Cyclists will still be able to use the western end of Pembroke Street as normal.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We are very grateful to the University, local businesses and the council for their willingness to be involved in planning how we repair this sewer.  

“We know there is never a good time to close an important road like Pembroke Street. This is why so much time and effort has been put into making sure the closure is necessary and well planned.”  

The collapsed sewer is over nine metres beneath the road surface close to the entrance to the new museums site, making repairs difficult.  

Antony continued: “Initially we were going to have to close Pembroke Street for around five months whilst engineers dug down to the sewer level and tunnelled beneath the road to reach the damaged section. Clearly this would have been very disruptive.  

“Thankfully we’ve been able to find a way to ‘cap’ the damaged section of sewer and divert the drains away from the entrance to the college. This now means we only need to close Pembroke Street for one week.  

“Most of the work will now take place within the courtyard of the new museums site during the summer break, significantly reducing impact on visitors to the town centre.”