Road closure needed during work to replace sewer.

A major route near to Ely train station is due to be closed for two weekends in late January 2015 during sewer main 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 is being planned by Anglian Water alongside the local highways agency to allow a £400,000 sewer replacement scheme to be completed. The project has been designed to significantly reduce the chances of bursts.

Emma Staples, from Anglian Water, said: “This work has been extensively planned to minimise disruption wherever possible while we replace this stretch of sewer, which has burst several times recently.

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

“We hope people will understand why this work is so essential, however, we also appreciate that it will be inconvenient. This is why we wanted to give people in Ely and the surrounding area as much notice as possible, and why we have meticulously planned the project and timing to avoid peak times and minimise the impact it will have.”

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.

Emma added: “More detailed information, including full diversion routes, will be available early in the New Year ahead of work starting.

“We’re doing all we can to make sure this important work to help safeguard customer services and the environment goes smoothly and have already been in contact with local businesses and residents in parts of Ely and the nearby village of Stuntney.

“However, we do recognise that this work will cause some disruption to the area, including towns like Soham, Stretham, Wicken and Little Thetford and we’re sorry for this.”