Water mains replacement scheme enters the final straight


A major scheme to replace 42km of metallic water mains along with 4,000 associated property connections in Ryton and Crawcrook is now moving into the final stages.

The new non-metallic water mains will ensure that the water network in these areas will be more robust, the likelihood of leakage will be reduced and excellent water quality will be maintained for future generations

Contractor Fastflow Pipeline Services Ltd is currently working in Main Street, Crawcrook, laying two new mains water pipes side by side.

Gary Cassells, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “It may seem to some people that we are making slow progress, but this is the narrowest and most congested part of Main Street and it’s controlled by three and four-way traffic lights, as well as pedestrian crossings.

“While we are in this area of Main Street we are putting in dual mains and we can only work on short sections at a time, under the guidance of Gateshead Council. Some of the work has also been carried out in the evenings and at night to try to reduce the impact of the works.

“However, in about a month or so we will be further up the street and we’ll be laying a single main from then on. We will also only be dealing with two-way traffic lights, so we should be able to make much quicker progress.”

Gary added: “We realise that the work we are doing in Ryton and Crawcrook is causing some inconvenience, but considering the scale of the work, relatively speaking, there have been very few substantial complaints.

“We are doing our best to keep disruption to local businesses and residents as minimal as possible, and I would like to thank everyone in the area for the patience and understanding they have shown. If anyone does have a problem we are always happy to talk to them and offer help where we can.”

As an extra thank you to people in the area, Northumbrian Water has agreed to make a donation towards the Crawcrook and Greenside Christmas trees and lights appeal.

For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.

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