ROADWORKS have been put in place on the outskirts of Pershore to allow new water pipes to be laid.

The work is taking place at the entrance to the town on the B4084 Pershore to Worcester road.

Severn Trent Water is investing more than £450,000 in the project which will protect the water supply for customers in Pershore.

The work is due to last until September this year.

Jonathan Tait, from Severn Trent Water, said: “A lot of the water pipes in the area have been serving the community for many years. This means they’ve become old and prone to bursting, which can interrupt our customers’ water supply.

"In total we’re laying around two and half kilometres of new water pipes, to replace the old ones. Two new water pipes will be laid from Allesborough Reservoir by Allesborough Farm, and then along the B4084 to Ufnell Bridge. The company’s contract partner, Amey, will be carrying out the work.

"During the work, we’ll be using a drilling technique to install the water pipes, which means we don’t have to dig up and close the road, although we will have to use two way traffic lights.

"We know this isn’t ideal and may still cause some inconvenience to the local community, but it’s better than closing the road altogether.

"We apologise for any disruption, however making sure our customers get the best service possible is always our priority and this means making sure the water pipes are reliable. It’s also important to remember that the work will only take a short time, but the benefits will be felt for years to come."