Thames Water handed November deadline to stop work on Kingston's fatberg sewers (From This Is Local London)
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Thames Water handed November deadline to stop work on Kingston's fatberg sewers
Kingston Council has told Thames Water to speed up its work to repair sewers damaged by the fatberg and have the roads cleared by Christmas.
Engineers have been working on a collapsed sewer beneath London Road since August, when a 15 tonne fatberg was discovered clogging Kingston's drains.
In September the company said it would take a further five months to repair the damage caused by the collosal clot, with traffic restrictions in London Road only lifted for a few days before and after Christmas.
But Kingston Council has agreed an action plan with Thames Water that will speed up the repairs and have the roads clear by the end of November, which includes extended working hours.
Any outstanding work not completed before then will be carried out after January 20, with the council's approval.
Councillor Simon James, lead member for transport, said: “I’m glad that Thames Water has agreed our plan to get the work done faster to lift the traffic restrictions.
"It’s good news for residents and businesses as we approach the busy festive shopping period.
“A lot of people have voiced concern about how long the work was taking, affecting London Road, Cambridge Road and traffic in and out of Kingston.
"We hope that we have found a sensible solution.”
Dave Theobald, repair and maintenance manager for Thames Water, said: “We are replacing around 55 metres of large sewer pipe beneath London Road in Kingston.
“A study of the sewer network is being carried out so we can better understand what work will need to be carried out in January.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this must-do job.”
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