Flood prevention no longer a pipe dream


A four month scheme to help prevent sewer flooding in Sunderland is set to begin.

Northumbrian Water has announced it is investing £450,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Hastings Hill area.

The improvement scheme, beginning on Monday, January 31 2011, will involve upsizing a total of 375 metres of sewer pipe and will reduce the risk of internal flooding to three properties on Sevenoaks Drive.

Danny Coyne, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Flooding is extremely distressing to customers and something we invest millions of pounds on every year to help reduce risk.

“The work will take place along Goodwood Road, Sevenoaks Drive and in the car park of the Hastings Hill public house. As with all essential work, some temporary traffic management is necessary. Everything will be done to reduce impact on residents and we appreciate their patience while we are working in this area.”

All traffic management dates are provisional and subject to change.

Location Traffic Management Dates
Goodwood Road outside nos. 2, 4 and 6 Road closure From Monday 31 January to Friday 6 May 2011
Goodwood Road nos. 3 and 5 to junction with Godfrey Road Road closure From Monday 31 January to Tuesday 18 February 2011
Access to Sevenoaks Drive form Hastings Hill roundabout Road closure From Monday 7 March to Saturday 26 March 2011
Sevenoaks Drive from Hastings Hill public house to the junction with Marlborough Road Lane closure and two way traffic lights From Monday 11 April to Thursday 21 April 2011
Sevenoaks Drive outside nos. 150, 152 and 154 Road closure  From Tuesday 26 April to Friday 6 May 2011 

Construction traffic will need access to the site where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, located in land off Goodwood Road.

Residents in the affected areas will receive information about the work. Customers who require further advice or have any special needs should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

It is very unlikely that anyone from Northumbrian Water will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in the Hastings Hill area. If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home and instead should call the customer centre on 0845 717 1100 to confirm the caller’s identity.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor, on 0191 301 5538 or email philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.

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