A short section of Mill Road, Cambridge, will be closed from next week (17th June) while Anglian Water carries out repairs and improvements to part of its sewer network.

The repair work is expected to take four weeks to complete and will mean a stretch of the road is closed between Montreal Road and Hobart Road, opposite the Arthur Rank hospice and Brookfields Hospital.  

The water company was made aware of a depression in the road three months ago. Investigations revealed this was caused by a collapsed sewer. Since then Anglian Water has been regularly monitoring the road to make sure its condition didn’t worsen while the repair work was planned with Cambridge City Council.  

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “We know road works of any kind are never ideal. Work to repair this sewer will cause disruption to local residents, businesses and road users and we’re sorry for that.    

“Engineers working on the four week project will be doing what they can to complete repairs to the sewer, some five metres beneath the road, as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.  

“Access to homes and the hospice will be maintained throughout the work and businesses will be open as usual.”  

A diversion route will be clearly signposted and will take road users along Perne Road, Mowbray Road, Long Road, Hills Road and along the A603 where it will rejoin Mill Road. Those needing to access the Hospice should use Perne Road, Cherry Hinton Road and Coleridge Road.  

Antony added: “The work is expected to finish on July 12th although we will be doing what we can to complete repairs sooner by working seven days a week between 7:30am and 6pm.  

“Once the damaged section has been repaired we will also be relining several metres of nearby sewer to reduce the chances of further problems in future.  

“Sewers in central Cambridge are often very deep underground, sometimes as much as 12 metres. Unfortunately this means that repair work often takes longer than usual, mostly because of the time taken to dig down to the problem while avoiding lots of other utility services.  

“Once again we are sorry for the disruption this important repair work will have, but the consequences of not acting now would be far worse.”