Tyne bridge pipe gets ice and clean


One of the major routes into Newcastle city centre, over the iconic Tyne Bridge, won’t be affected by Northumbrian Water’s programme to protect tap water quality for the future.

By using innovative technology, the water company will be able to clean a water pipe running the full length of the Tyne Bridge without affecting traffic flow.

This part of their £66 million investment programme involves cleaning 800 metres of a 600mm (24 inch) diameter water pipe that is located within the green external ‘shoulder’ on the western side of the bridge. The cleaning works, to be carried out by Morrison Utility Services and Aqualogy, will begin on the evening of Tuesday March 31 and will take roughly six hours to complete.

The steel water pipe was installed in 1927 during the construction of the bridge and this is the first time it’s been cleaned. Due to the lack of technology in the past, it has been impossible to clean this section of pipe without causing major disruption to all users of the bridge.

By using ice pigging technology, the entire length of pipe will be cleaned from two locations either side of the Tyne Bridge. Northumbrian Water assures all road users that this method won’t affect traffic on the bridge.

Ice pigging involves using slush-like ice to clean naturally occurring sediment from the inner walls of water pipes.

Stuart Tilley, Northumbrian Water’s project manager said: “Our mains cleaning programme will make sure that our customers continue to receive excellent quality tap water in the future.

We appreciate that the Tyne Bridge can be busy and want to make sure that we keep disruption to a minimum here and throughout the programme.

We hope that our customers will appreciate the long term benefits this scheme brings.”

Northumbrian Water will be working in and around Newcastle city centre over the next nine months as part of this vital cleaning programme and are working closely with the council to keep any disruption to a minimum.

Customers who require further information should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0345 717 1100 or visit www.themainevent-nwl.co.uk.

For further information contact Stef Johnson on 0191 301 5325.

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