Essential environmental scheme


Work to improve river water quality in Newcastle upon Tyne is to begin next week.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £1.3 million to upgrade the sewerage network in Newburn.

The work, which will begin on Monday, June 15 2009 and will be complete by the middle of November 2009, will improve water quality to the River Tyne, Sugley Dene and Denton Dene.

Five combined sewer overflows and small sections of sewer pipe are to be upgraded.

Combined sewer overflows are designed to discharge wastewater into watercourses in times of very heavy rainfall to protect properties and surrounding land from flooding. They are consented by the Environment Agency and as the overflows are screened, they have a positive impact on river water quality.

Work to upgrade two combined sewer overflows on Denton Road and in parkland between Keswick Grove and Silver Lonnen will begin on Monday, June 15 2009. A combined sewer overflow and 270 metres of sewer pipe will be upgraded in the Broadwood Road area from Wednesday, July 1 2009 and a fourth combined sewer overflow upgrade will begin on Denton Avenue on Monday, July 6 2009.

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place to carry out this work as follows:

Location Traffic management  Dates
Denton Road  Three-way traffic lights at the junction of Denton Road and Broadmead Way.  Monday, July 20 2009 to Thursday, August 20 2009
Broadwood Road 

Road closure between the Coppers Lane junction and the junction at Heathwell Road.  Access for residents will be blocked during working hours (9.00am to 3.00pm), but access will be maintained outside of these times.

Monday, July 6 2009 to Monday, July 27 2009
Denton Avenue

Rolling road closure, in two phases, with a diversion in place via Bewick Crescent.  Denton Avenue closed between the Rokeby Avenue junction and Union Hall Road, from Monday, July 6 2009 until the middle of August 2009.  Denton Avenue closed between the Rokeby Avenue junction and the Dene Avenue junction, from Monday, August 3 2009 until the middle of September 2009.

Monday, July 6 2009 to the middle of September 2009

Simon Bligh, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate that this essential work will cause some disruption, but customers should be reassured that we will do all we can, through careful planning with Newcastle City Council, to reduce the impact on motorists and residents. We thank customers in advance for their patience during the course of the work.”

A combined sewer overflow at Dene Avenue in Newburn is to be upgraded at a later date. Residents directly affected by the work will receive prior notification of the work in writing.

For further information and advice, or to register any special needs, customers should ring the Northumbrian Water Customer Centre on 0845 717 1100.

It is very unlikely that Northumbrian Water employees will need to access customers’ homes while the work is carried out and people should be vigilant of bogus callers.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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