Apologies for not letting you know of this work in advance.
I was advised at the start of the week that there was no traffic management planned for this week but circumstances have changed and three way lights have been put in place on Caistor Lane. I am very sorry for this breakdown in communication and therefore for not giving you prior warning.
You may recall from previous communications that we were unable to complete the decommissioning when last working at Caistor Lane, due to a stuck valve.
The team have now returned to free the stuck valve and to cut and cap the main. The valve was successfully freed this morning but the engineer had to be protected by traffic lights to safely complete this. The site manage made the decision to have his men dig down and cut and cap the main as soon as the valve was freed to prevent us having to remove the lights and then put them back again at a later date. The main is 1.4metres deep so there is a lot of associated excavation and reinstatement works involved, therefore the team hope to complete this work by the middle of next week.
The site manager has acknowledged that there were long queues of traffic at around 5pm and he reported this to the traffic management company immediately- they are manning the lights during peak hours and we have ensured that they do everything possible to ease the flow of traffic at these times.
Following this the team are going to be working on Long Lane but no traffic management is required for that section of decommissioning work.
I have a meeting with the construction manager on Monday to review the rest of their plans for the decommissioning of this scheme and will update you further following that.
I have also reminded the team to ensure that I am updated as soon as anything changes on site so that I can give you advance warning.