Cleaner waters for the Tees Valley


Work to improve the quality of four watercourses in the Tees Valley is to begin in the New Year.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £810,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Middlesbrough.

The work, which will begin on Monday, January 4 2010 and will be complete by the end of March 2010, will improve water quality to Cross Beck and Holme Beck in Eston, Dab Holme Gut in Lazenby and Kinkerdale Beck in Middlesbrough.

Four combined sewer overflows are to be installed, as part of Northumbrian Water’s £85 million environmental investment programme. 481 combined sewer overflows will be upgraded and screened throughout the region to improve river and bathing water quality.

Combined sewer overflows 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 install combined sewer overflows at Pasture Lane in Lazenby, Ampleforth Avenue in Eston and in Corus land on Tees Dock Road will begin on Monday, January 4 2010.  Another combined sewer overflow will be installed at High Street in Eston from Monday, January 11 2010.

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

Location  Traffic management  Dates 
Ampleforth Avenue, at junction with Abbey Court, Eston  Stop/Go boards in operation during working hours (8.00am to 4.00pm).  Monday, January 4 2010 to Friday, March 12 2010. 
Church Lane, Eston  Two-way traffic lights.  Monday, January 25 2010 to Friday, February 12 2010. 
High Street, Eston  Two-way traffic lights.  Friday, March 5 2010 to Monday, March 8 2010. 
Tees Dock Road, Middlesbrough  Two-way traffic lights.  Tuesday, March 9 2010 to Friday, March 26 2010. 

Ian Cunliffe, 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 Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, to reduce the impact on motorists and residents. We thank customers in advance for their patience during the course of the work.”

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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