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'Madame Koos' roadworks on Collingwood Street to be pushed back 24 hours; Northumbrian Water said the delay was to carry out additional investigation work and to ensure they "get it right first time".

Byline: Daniel Milligan

Work to dig up a city centre road as part of a series of a water improvement scheme in Newcastle has been pushed back 24 hours.

Northumbrian Water were due to build an access pit outside Madame Koos nightclub in Collingwood Street on Wednesday.

But when workers failed to show, The Chronicle asked Northumbrian Water when motorists could expect disruption to start.

A spokesman for Northumbrian Water said: "We've pushed it back a day as we need to carry out investigative work tonight before digging in the road - we want to get it right first time."

A lane closure will take out the taxi rank and there is a suspension of parking bays on the opposite side of the road to allow for an additional lane to be created.

Work is now expected to start on Thursday between 9.30am and 10am.

This phase of the [pounds sterling]66m cleaning programme could up to four weeks to complete and means several city centre roads, such as Clayton Street West and Collingwood Street, will have lanes closed during that time.

The carriageway on the Mosley Street exit at Swan House roundabout will also be slightly affected, Northumbrian Water said.

Richard Johnston, project manager, said: "We appreciate that this is a highly traffic-sensitive area of the city centre and we want to make sure that road users are given the opportunity to plan their journey to avoid delay and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

"We will do everything that we can to complete the work as quickly as possible and to minimise any disruption."

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jan 14, 2015
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