ALMOST £400,000 is set to be invested into new, modern water pipes in Stourbridge to replace 3km of the old cast iron tubing.

Severn Trent hopes the work will improve the quality of both the company’s service and also the water supply to houses in the area.

The project, which will see Racecourse Lane close until autumn, is due to start on Monday (March 20) and will also take place on Fairways Avenue and Osmaston Road.

Martin Oliver, who is leading the project for Severn Trent, said: “We’ve already replaced a small section of pipe in the area and now we’re planning to replace all of the old cast iron pipes with brand new durable plastic pipes.

“We’re aware there have been some issues reported in the area where the old pipes have caused some people to receive discoloured water.

“That’s why we’ve taken the decision to invest heavily in this area to make sure everyone in Stourbridge has access to a great supply of water at the turn of a tap.

“Our contractors from Amey will be working hard to keep disruption to a minimum during the course of the scheme. They’ll work closely with local residents and will keep access to homes and businesses as clear as possible.

To allow the work to go ahead safely, Racecourse Lane will be closed to traffic between its junctions with Norton Road and Ounty John Lane, with temporary traffic lights and signed diversions in place for motorists.

Martin added: “We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but we hope local people will understand as they’ll see the massive benefits that replacing these old pipes will bring.”

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