Two way traffic lights will be in place on East Road in Cambridge from Monday, November 14 while Anglian Water engineers carry out an emergency sewer repairs.

The work has been scheduled with the highways authority to make sure the work is completed before the busy Christmas peak to minimise disruption. The repair is expected to be completed before the end of the month.

A spokesperson said: “We are responding to a collapsed sewer pipe on East Road in Cambridge. To prevent sewage from escaping from the pipe we have to repair the pipe. This means putting in place an emergency lane closure and two way traffic lights to help manage traffic flows and keep our customers and staff safe while the repair is completed. The traffic lights will be manned 24hrs a day and our engineers will be working extended shifts, seven days a week.

“We appreciate this sewer is on a busy main road and shopping route into the city, and we’re sorry for any disruption the work may cause. It’s hard to find a convenient time for this type of job, especially in such a thriving city as Cambridge.

“The sewer is deep, around 4m underground, with many other utilities and services to negotiate when the engineers start digging underground. This can make the repair complicated and sometimes time consuming, but we’re aiming to finish as soon as possible.

“This work is likely to cause disruption and we apologise to anyone who is affected. We would urge people to plan their journey to take account of the work.”

All businesses on the affected streets remain open as usual.