SEVERN Trent is to re-introduce the one way system on Alders Drive from Monday so contractors can start laying new water pipes.
Work was suspended on the site on Wednesday, January 10, after furious residents of Winyates East and Winyates Green hit out at the disruption caused.
The water company had coned off the length of the road on Monday and then had done nothing for three days.
Not only that but it meant Diamond Buses could not provide their service to Winyates Green as buses couldn’t access Far Moor Lane.
The project manager for Severn Trent met with Council Council highways chiefs on Thursday to discuss the matter, however it was agreed that the only possible way to lay the new water pipes with the minimum of disruption was to re-introduce the single file system on Alders Drive.
The news means up to 11 weeks of disruption for both residents and businesses off Alders Drive.
A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “We halted work to speak to the local highways authority (Worcestershire County Council) to see if there was another way for the work to be completed but everyone agreed that although it’s disruptive, having the one-way system is the best way to go forward.
“We’re going to be restarting our work on Alders Drive on Monday after working with the local council to establish the best way forward.
“We’ll continue to use a one-way system as this is the safest, best option available.
“We understand this may cause disruption, and we’re really sorry for the inconvenience, but it’s absolutely vital that we do this work and it will be our priority to complete it as quickly as we can.”
She added that the work could take as long as 11 weeks to complete but that they would be working to finish it sooner if possible.
In a statement Diamond Buses said: “For approximately 11 weeks Alders Lane, will be closed for roadworks.
“During this time the 62 service will be diverted as follows:
Normal route to Millhill Road then left on to Claybrook Drive to the island, then right round island onto Warwick Highway to the island, then first left onto “Birmingham Road following this to slip road back onto Coventry Highway to the island then right round back onto normal route at Ravensbank Drive.
Unfortunately, Far More Lane will not be able to be served by the 62 service during this time.
“From Tuesday, January 16 until April 20, Worcestershire County Council will provide a free shuttle service on weekdays between Far Moor Lane to Redditch Town Centre. For times of this service please check bus stop notices provided by Worcestershire County Council.”