Chopwell flood scheme to start


Work to reduce the risk of property flooding will begin next week in a Tyne & Wear village.

Northumbrian Water is to invest £250,000 to upgrade the sewerage network in Chopwell.

The three-month improvement scheme will begin on Monday, June 18 2012 and reduce the risk of flooding to two properties at West Crescent.

Work will involve installing 370 metres of new sewer pipe at West Crescent, Mill Road and in fields to the east of Mill Road.

Sean Barry, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of property flooding is one of Northumbrian Water’s top priorities and this scheme will provide some protection for the future.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place to carry out this essential work as below. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

Location Traffic management Dates
Mill Road Lane closure between 33 and 35 Mill Road, with temporary traffic lights in place Monday June 18 2012 to Friday July 13 2012
West Crescent Road closure between 34 and 52 West Crescent Monday July 2 2012 to Friday July 20 2012

During the course of the essential work construction traffic will need access to the areas where the work is being carried out, and the site compound, located in land adjacent to East Terrace.

Everything will be done, through careful planning with Gateshead Council, to keep any disruption to a minimum. 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 the water company will need to gain access into customers’ homes while the work is being carried out in Chopwell. If customers are in any doubt of a caller claiming to be from the water company, they should not let them into their home. They should ring the company’s customer centre to confirm the caller’s identity.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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