£500,000 flood alleviation scheme to start in Whitley Bay


Essential work to help protect seven homes in Whitley Bay from flooding is to begin on Monday, March 31.

Northumbrian Water is investing £500,000 to upgrade the sewer network in Highbury and Windsor Road. The work, which is being carried out by contractor Lumsden and Carroll, is expected to take about ten weeks to complete.

The scheme involves installing a sewage storm water pipe in Windsor Road, between the junctions with Highbury and Holmlands, as well as 60 metres of combined sewer pipe in Highbury.

It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place during the course of the work. Windsor Road will be closed between the junctions with Highbury and Holmlands from Monday, March 31 to Friday, June 6. Highbury will be reduced to one lane between Monday, April 28 and Friday, June 6.

Construction vehicles will need access to all working areas and a temporary site compound, which will be located in Front Street. Those properties directly affected by the traffic restrictions will be notified about access and parking issues in advance.

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

Graeme Ridley, the company’s project manager for the scheme, said: “We fully understand 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 North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and will do our best to minimise any inconvenience.”

Nobody from Northumbrian Water or Lumsden and Carroll 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 0345 733 5566 or log on to www.nwl.co.uk.

For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6722.

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