TRAFFIC lights which have caused disruption near Stafford's Meadowcroft Park have finally been removed.
Severn Trent Water has also apologised for the time taken to replace sewers.
But the company says work is progressing well on the sewer replacement scheme in the area and has now been able to take the temporary signals away.
When the company took responsibility for the sewers in 2011 as part of the Private Drains and Sewers (PDaS) legislation, they were found to be in a poor condition and needed a lot of work to bring them up to standard for the community.
Gareth Mead from Severn Trent said: “We have a duty to make sure that any water and sewer pipes that we own are in a good condition and are working properly for our customers, and this means that we are having to make some quite extensive repairs to the pipes in the Meadowcroft Park area.
“Replacing these sewer pipes is a big job, so it’s had to be done in three phases. We started work on the second phase of the work in January this year, where we’ve been replacing and stabilising the sewers on Tarragona Drive. We’re about to complete this work, and we’ll be moving onto Landstone Road, to replace the sewer pipe there. We’re expecting to finish the whole project by March 2015.
“We absolutely understand the frustrations of the local community – the work is taking a long time to complete. This has been down to the difficult ground conditions that the sewers were laid in.
“But we’re happy to say that work is now going well, and this week we’ve been able to remove the traffic lights from the area. This is one of the things that have caused the most disruption and inconvenience for the local community, and hopefully, although there are still some diversions in place, things will be much easier now.
“We want to say sorry to the people in the local area for the length of time the work is taking - we understand how frustrating this will be. It’s very important to us that we carry out the work properly, and to a high standard, so that residents have no further problems with their sewers in future.”