Thanks for bearing with us, says Leicester council as roadworks return
Motorists, pedestrians and workers have been thanked for their patience after a road was dug up for the second time in just over a year.
An unforeseen glitch has meant that diggers have returned to Princess Road West a year after a project to put down hot water pipes was completed.
Leicester City Council is digging up parts of the city centre to lay down pipes for a £15 million district heating system. This aims to provide environmentally-friendly energy to thousands of homes and buildings.
When Princess Road West was dug up last year, engineers found old pipes that they did not expect. They had to get past them to lay the heating system, extending the job by several months.
They were on site from July to September 2011.
A recent test by contractor Cofely found there was a problem and a further section of pipes was needed. Digging started again early last week to insert new piping and it is expected to be completed by tomorrow.
Deputy city mayor Councillor Rory Palmer said: "A project of this scale is bound to come up against occasional glitches but I'm really pleased that, overall, work on the district heating system is ahead of schedule.
"We are very grateful for the patience people have shown while this work has been carried out."
An office worker in Princess Road West, who did not want to be named, said the work was causing a lot of nuisance.
She said: "People have lost parking spaces while the work has been going on and the noise from the machinery makes it very hard to concentrate. It's almost impossible when you're on the phone to clients.
"They had the road up for months and months and we couldn't believe it when they came back and dug it up again.
Councillor Palmer said the full cost of the extra work would be met by Cofely and that the council was working with the company to minimise disruption in the area.
The district heating system, which will be one of the largest installed in Europe, includes five miles of pipes. Simon Woodward, chief executive officer of Cofely, said: "We apologise for the additional disruption to Princess Road West, where we have experienced particular difficulties during the installation of the system."