HALF a million pounds will be pumped into replacing Victorian water pipes in Castleford town centre.
More than 500 metres of century-old piping will be swapped for plastic pipes as Yorkshire Water starts the work on Saturday May 12.
Engineering specialists Balfour Beatty Utilities will begin work on Carlton Street to reduce pipe bursts and boost the quality of drinking water pumped to homes and businesses.
Dave Standish, project manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “This old pipe has been prone to bursting in the past, causing huge disruption to road users and supplies.
“We recognise that this is unacceptable, which is why we’re carrying out this important work to replace the old pipe with a new version which should drastically reduce the number of bursts and help to further improve the quality of water delivered to customers’ taps in the area.”
Work will start on Carlton Street between the junctions of Albion Street and Bank Street and a diversion will be in place followed by temporary traffic lights.
Phase two of the work will move into the pedestrianised section of Carlton Street with market stall operators agreeing to relocate within the precinct area. The project is expected to last no longer than 16 weeks.