Investment pours in to fight flooding


A two month scheme to help prevent sewer flooding in County Durham will begin next week (Monday 16 January 2012).

Northumbrian Water has announced it is investing £392,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in the Wheatley Hill area. The improvement scheme will involve installing a total of 340 metres of new sewer pipe and upsizing the existing combined sewer along Quilstyle Road.

Kevin Fleming, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate the distress that flooding causes customers. Over the next five years we intend to invest more than £120 million to reduce this risk.

“In times of extremely heavy rainfall the sewerage network in this area has struggled to cope with the quantity of storm water. This scheme will provide some protection from flooding in the future.

“As with schemes of this nature, some temporary traffic management is necessary. Everything will be done to reduce the 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
Quilstyle Road Road closure From Monday 16 January until Friday 2 March 2012

Construction traffic will need access to the site where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, located in the grassed area adjacent to Wheatley Hill Working Men’s Club.

The project also involves work at the rear of Wheatley Hill Working Men’s Club and along the access track to allotments near the public car park opposite St Godric’s Roman Catholic School.

During this time there will be an increase in construction traffic. Kevin added: “All deliveries will be made outside of peak commuting hours. There may be some noise and disruption during the course of the work but we will make every effort, through careful planning with Durham County Council, to minimise any inconvenience”.

Residents in the affected area 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

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 Wheatley 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.

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