Flood risk being reduced


A five-month programme of work to help protect homes in Whitley Bay from flooding is to begin next month.

From Monday September 1 2014, Northumbrian Water will begin work on a £400,000 scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Links Avenue and properties on The Links in the neighbourhood.

The work will involve upsizing 500m of existing sewers and installing new sewer pipes in the area.

Graeme Ridley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, said: “Reducing the risk of flooding to customers’ homes and businesses is one of our top priorities as we appreciate the distress and inconvenience it can cause.

“With weather patterns changing we are seeing an increase in flash flooding and we need to be prepared for the future. This work is one of dozens of improvement schemes Northumbrian Water will be carrying out throughout the region over the next couple of years, to upgrade our vast sewer network and help to reduce the risk of properties flooding.”

It will be necessary to have traffic management in place during the course of the work. A rolling road closure will be in place along Links Avenue from Monday September 29 2014 to Friday January 16 2014.

A single lane road closure will also be required for short time intervals on The Links from Monday September 29 2014 to Monday October 20 2014.

Construction traffic will need access to the area where improvement work is being carried out and to the site compound, which is to be located on open space to the east of The Links (opposite the Links Avenue junction).

Between Monday October 13 2014 and Monday October 20 2014, the existing bus stop immediately to the south of Links Avenue on The Links (south bound lane), will be relocated during the work.

Mr Ridley added: “Disruption is inevitable with work of this nature but I would like to assure residents and commuters that we will do what we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum. We are working closely with North Tyneside Council to reduce the impact of the work and would like to thank residents for their patience in advance.”

For further information, contact Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or via twitter @nwater_care.

For further information contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.

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