The £660,000 scheme by Anglian Water to reduce the chance of burst water mains and leaks in Barking Tye is underway with the final carriageway work awaiting completion.

A second road closure to complete the installation of the pipe and transfer Customer services onto the newly installed main was originally planned for December, 1 until December, 23. However, we have now decided with Suffolk County Council Highways department to move this second closure to run from Monday 11th January 2016 until Friday 12th February 2016 in order to minimise disruption for local residents and local businesses during the busy Christmas period. For the remainder of the scheme the works will continue on the common and the road will be open.

A summary of the upcoming road closure is as follows:

• From 24th October to 11th January, the road will be open and the closure and diversion route removed.

• From Monday 11th January to Friday 12th February, the road will be closed and a diversion route will be in place.

Within the closure there will be open excavations and heavy plant and machinery in operation. This poses a significant risk to other vehicles and the road closure is in force with the agreement with Suffolk County Council highways department. It is essential for the safety of both the Public and the Workforce that semi-permanent barriers will remain installed during the road closures, after motorists removed the temporary barriers. These will be re-installed in January and will be located near Parsons Lane (Needham Market side).

Anglian Water’s Network Manager for Suffolk, Mark Pryke said: “We have listened to residents’ and local businesses’ feedback. They wanted the road works to be removed during the Christmas period. We have worked closely with highways and other agencies to move the road closure and accommodate local events. We were keen to ensure the closure is lifted over the busy Christmas period.

“We appreciate the road closure may inconvenience local people, however, we are doing all we can to minimise disruption and will maintain access for residents and deliveries at the B1078/ Willisham Road Junction. All businesses remain open throughout the duration of the works.”