Investment continues to protect tap water quality for the future


Commuters are being asked to plan ahead as essential work to clean water pipes in Newcastle city centre continues.

The £66 million Northumbrian Water mains cleaning programme, which will protect tap water quality for the future, will involve working in various locations from Monday May 18.

This eight-week phase of work will see the water company’s contractor, Seymour Civil Engineering, working in Central Parkway, Pilgrim Street, City Road, Walker Road, Blandford Street and Westmorland Road.

Works will also involve returning to Collingwood Street to clean the second large diameter water main which runs beneath the carriageway and a partial lane closure will be in place for the duration of the work.

Traffic management required:

Central Parkway 18 May 2015 12 June 2015 Bus lane closure in place outside Centre for Life.
Collingwood Street 18 May 2015 12 June 2015 Single lane closure in place outside Perdu nightclub.
Pilgrim Street 20 May 2015 18 June 2015 Parking bays suspended outside Pandongate House.
City Road 20 May 2015 18 June 2015 Single lane closure in place outside Aerial House.
Walker Road 20 May 2015 18 June 2015 Temporary four way traffic lights in place at junction
with Ouse and Horatio Street, these will be manned at
peak times.
Blandford Street 27 May 2015 26 June 2015 Temporary two way traffic lights in place.
Westmorland Road 27 May 2015 22 July 2015 Lane closures in place at junction with St James′ Boulevard. West and east bound traffic will be affected
and some bus routes will be diverted.

Richard Johnston, Northumbrian Water’s project manager said: “We appreciate that this is a highly traffic-sensitive area of the city centre and we want to make sure that road users are given the opportunity to plan their journey to avoid delay.

“We will do everything that we can to complete this essential work as quickly as possible and will keep you updated with progress.

“We’re working very closely with Newcastle City Council to make sure that the traffic management in place causes the least possible disruption however we do expect there to be some delay at busy times for which we apologise.”

Once this section of work is complete, the contractor will need to return to Westmorland Road and other areas of the city towards the end of summer to carry out further mains cleaning. The programme is sequenced to make sure that all water supplies are maintained while the water company carries out this vital investment.

Since February 2012, Northumbrian Water has cleaned 170 kilometres of large diameter water mains in the lower Tyne Valley, Newcastle and Gateshead. Following the city centre works throughout 2015, the cleaning programme will move towards the eastern end of Newcastle with works planned in Byker, Walker and Wallsend.

Pressure jetting technology will be used to clean the water pipes. This method of cleaning involves using a self-propelling ‘pig’ which uses water jets to propel it along and clean sections of pipe at the same time. This technology allows longer sections of pipe to be cleaned with a minimal number of access pits.

Customers who require further information or require assistance during this work should call Northumbrian Water’s customer centre on 0345 717 1100, visit or follow @nwater_care on twitter.

Northumbrian Water and Seymour Civil Engineering will not need to gain access into customers’ homes while this work is carried out and residents should be vigilant of bogus callers posing as officials from the water company and their contractor.

For further information contact Stef Johnson on 0191 301 5325.

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