A major route near to Ely train station is due to be closed for two weekends during sewer replacement work.

The A142, where it crosses and passes under the railway line at Ely, will be partially shut on the weekend of 23rd – 26th January, and then fully closed the following weekend, 30th January – 2nd February.

The closure has being planned by Anglian Water alongside the local highways agency to allow a £400,000 water main replacement scheme to be completed.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “This work has been extensively planned to minimise disruption wherever possible while we replace this stretch of sewer.

“Our engineers will be working round the clock over both weekends to ensure work is completed on schedule.

“We’ve tried to give customers in Ely and the surrounding area as much notice as possible. However, we know that this will be inconvenient to customers and road users in the area, which is why we wanted to remind people of the coming work.”

From 7pm on Friday (23rd January) until 6am on Monday (26th January) the underpass beneath the railway line will be closed. Traffic will still be able to use the A142 as normal although all vehicles will need to use the level crossing which is currently used by larger vehicles.

The following weekend, from Friday 30th January at 7pm until Monday 2nd February at 6am both the underpass and level crossing will be fully closed to all vehicles. Over this weekend traffic will be diverted Angel Drove, the A10 (Cambridge Road), the A1123 (Newmarket Road) and the A142 (Soham Road), and vice versa.

Antony added: “We’re doing all we can to make sure this important work to help safeguard customer services and the environment goes smoothly. However, we do recognise that this work will cause disruption to the area, including towns like Soham, Stretham, Wicken and Little Thetford and we’re sorry for this.”