St Albans Chequer Street sewage works set to end tomorrow

Roadworks on Chequer Street

Roadworks on Chequer Street - Credit: Archant

EMERGENCY work on a collapsed sewer in a busy St Albans thoroughfare should be completed tomorrow (Friday).

Thames Water has apologised to local residents and businesses for disruption in the city centre after closing Chequer Street between London Road and St Peter’s Street last Monday (May 27).

The sewer had caused flooding of the Town Hall basement and Waddington Road, outside eateries.

A spokeswoman said that work to repair the collapsed sewer had progressed well and the job should be completed on Friday with the road cleared by the weekend.

She added: “We’d like to apologise for the disruption this has caused but hope it will put an end to sewer flooding in the area.”

After the basement of the historic Town Hall flooded twice despite blockages being cleared, in March and April, the utility firm said the 300mm-wide pipe was not fit for purpose.

Thames Water engineers had to dig more than three metres below ground and replace a pipe which dates back to Victorian times.