Gateshead homes to benefit from £200,000 flood protection scheme


Essential work to help protect homes in Gateshead from flooding is to begin on Wednesday, January 29.

Northumbrian Water is investing £200,000 to upgrade the sewer network in Bewick Road. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Seymour Civil Engineering, is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

The scheme will see 100m of new sewer pipes installed along sections of the road, which will require a rolling closure and traffic diversion for the duration of the work. Those properties directly affected by the traffic restrictions will be notified about access and parking issues in advance.

Construction traffic will need to access all working areas and a temporary site compound, which will be located in the car park on Claremont Street.

Northumbrian Water is investing £150m between 2010 and 2015 to help protect areas throughout the region that are prone to flooding.

Sean Barry, the company’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We appreciate the upset and devastation that flooding can cause, that is why reducing the risk to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities.

“Although we appreciate there will be some disruption in the short term, we hope customers will welcome the benefits and protection the scheme brings. We are working closely with Gateshead Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”

Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Seymour Civil Engineering will need access to homes in the area while the work is being carried out.

Anyone who requires further advice or has any special requirements should ring Northumbrian Water on 0845 717 1100 or log on to

For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.

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