RETAILERS in Barnt Green want villagers and visitors they are well and truly open for business, despite some disruption due because of the installation of new water pipes.
Severn Trent is upgrading 500metres of pipes to improve the water supply in Barnt Green as part of a £120,000 investment.
And while different sections of Hewell Road will be closed to traffic, there will still be access for pedestrians so people can get get to the variety of shops Barnt Green has to offer.
The work will be done in two phases.
Phase one will start on Monday, July 22, on Hewell Road from the junction with Bittell Road, down to the entrance into Station Approach. It is anticipated this work will be completed by August 16.
The second phase, from August 16 to September 25, will see Hewell Road closed to traffic from Station Approach to the junction with Sandhills Lane.
Severn Trent said residents’ and businesses’ water supply should not be affected.
And the well-supported Barnt Green traders want their valued shoppers to know their stores will be accessible throughout the works.
The water provider said pipes in Barnt Green had served residents and businesses well for many years but had recently shown their age, resulting in a number of bursts.
Gareth Mead from Severn Trent said: “To ensure residents in Barnt Green have a reliable water supply for many years to come and to reduce the number bursts and leaks in the area, we need to upgrade 500 metres of water pipes that run through the village, making sure our network is in the best possible condition.
“To carry out this vital work, we will need close sections of Hewell Road to through traffic throughout the summer, in order to keep our teams, pedestrians and road users safe.”