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Royal Wedding deadline for Westminster mains replacement

Ongoing water mains replacement work around Westminster Abbey must leave the area “fit for a princess” in time for the Royal Wedding, Thames Water has said.

Thames Water contractors have been replacing cast-iron water mains in Victoria Street − which runs directly next to Westminster Abbey − since February and are scheduled to finish the work by 16 April, just 13 days before the Royal Wedding.

Engineers are replacing cast-iron mains laid when Prince William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria was on the throne with new plastic pipes less prone to leaks and bursts.

The £365,000 project to renew 550m of 178mm-wide pipes under Victoria Street is part of an ongoing London-wide mains replacement programme.

Engineer Gary Woodruff said: “We want everything to go smoothly for Kate and Wills on their big day so we have been working hard to make sure we can get the job done in time.

“Luckily it’s not in a residential area so we’ve been able to work longer hours than normal.”

In the past five years Thames Water has installed 1,300 miles of new pipe, cutting leakage by 27%.

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