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'Business as usual' during Taunton town centre Wessex Water works
TAUNTON town centre stores will be open as usual when workers move in to dig up the parts of the streets on Monday (September 30).
The next stage of Wessex Water’s £16million Operation Clean and Clear to update pipes and improve drinking water moves to North Street and part of Corporation Street from Monday.
Two-way traffic lights will be installed – and at peak times they will be manually operated to keep vehicles moving as best as possible.
The work is expected to last until November 8, but the message from shops is that it will be business as usual.
Taunton Town Centre Manager Graham Love said Wessex Water had a good track record for finishing work on time.
He added: “We hope these works will be no different.
“Traders will be very much open for business in the town centre during the works.
“We hope any disruption won’t deter shoppers from coming into town - businesses will be very pleased to see them during the period of disruption.”
Phil Luxton, Wessex Water's project manager, apologised for any disruption the work may cause, adding that it would be completed as quickly as possible using “innovative techniques”.
“To minimise the disruption caused, we’ll also be manually controlling the lights at peak times and making sure we review the traffic management in place as the work progresses along North Street,” added Mr Luxton.
“We’d once again like to thank residents and local businesses for their patience while we carry out this essential work which forms part of our £16million Operation Clean and Clear scheme to improve drinking water in Taunton and the surrounding area.”
Wessex Water is due to complete work which started in Bridge Street three weeks ago on Sunday – several motorists were caught up in diversions along St James Street during the scheme.
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