A £1.8 million scheme by Anglian Water to reduce the chance of bursts and leaks in the Framlingham area will begin Monday, November 30.

The major project will see over 11km of water main pipe replaced along B1332 Shotesham Road, Arminghall Lane, Caistor Lane and Marshall Lane in Bixley, Framlingham Earl, Caistor St Edmunds and Porlingland. The work is expected to take 60 weeks.

Anglian Water’s Network Manager for Norfolk, David Baker, said: “Replacing this large section of water main will significantly reduce the likelihood of leaks and bursts, which have been a problem for residents in the past.

Temporary traffic lights will be used on the B1332 and will be moved as the work progresses in phases. Road closures will be required for Shotesham Road, Arminghall Lane, Caistor Lane and Markshall Lane but access will be maintained for residents who live within the closed roads. Arminghall Lane will be shut from Monday, November 30 until Friday, December 18. Shotesham Road will be shut from Monday, December 14 until Wednesday, December 23 and again from Tuesday, January 5 2016 until Friday, February 12 2016.

He added: “When we connect homes to the new main, some customers’ water supply may be interrupted briefly while we complete the connections. This should only take a few hours and we will let each customer know about this before it happens.

“Inevitably, with a project of this scale there may be some disruption to residents and road users, and we apologise for this. However, we hope that people understand how important it is and that the benefits will outweigh any short term inconvenience.”