Work is progressing well on a scheme to reduce the risk of sewer flooding to more than a dozen properties in Mirfield, according to Yorkshire Water.

Old Bank Road in Mirfield has reopened to traffic after it was closed to through traffic for safety reasons while the company laid 60 metres of new sewer.

Engineering specialist BarhaleWSP has also been working since July to build a large underground storage tank in the grounds of the car park behind the Co-operative supermarket on Old Bank Road.

The tank, which is 10.5 metres in diameter and six metres deep, is capable of holding more than 400,000 litres of storm water in wet weather. Construction of the tank will be complete by the end of November.

The company is still working in Sunny Bank Avenue to lay a new sewer, which will take a further three weeks to complete. The road is closed at the junction with Old Bank Road and a diversion is in place.

Work under way on an underground storage tank to help prevent sewer flooding at Old Bank Road, Mirfield
Work under way on an underground storage tank to help prevent sewer flooding at Old Bank Road, Mirfield
 

Liam Saddler, Yorkshire Water project manager, said: “We understand that this project is disruptive to local residents and businesses, especially with the closure of Old Bank Road. However, we’re really pleased that the road could be reopened on schedule and before the new school term starts.

“We’d like to thank the community for their continued patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Mr Saddler said: “I’d like to reiterate that all local businesses remain open as usual and politely ask that customers continue to support them during this essential project.”

He said that although most of the work in Old Bank Road was complete, the team would need to return in the near future to finish resurfacing of the road. This was likely to be under two-way traffic lights and the team wouldn’t need to close the road.

Dates of the project are still subject to change should weather conditions or other factors impact on progress.