The second stage of a multi-million pound scheme, to reduce flood risk in North Tyneside, will get underway at the end of the month.
Northumbrian Water is investing an additional £2.5 million on an innovative project which will see rainwater being diverted away from Cullercoats and out to the North Sea.
The scheme will help to protect homes and businesses against flooding, during times of heavy rainfall, and complements work recently carried out to upgrade the sewer network in this area.
Work will begin on Monday February 29, 2016 and is expected to take up to nine months to complete.
Contractors, Esh Construction in partnership with MWH, will install the new 565-metre surface water pipe, which will run from Marden Quarry and along Burnside Road and North View.
Northumbrian Water’s project manager for the scheme, Graeme Ridley, said: “Reducing flood risk for our customers is a top priority for us as we are well aware of the devastation it can cause.
“One way in which we can do this is by increasing the capacity within our sewer network by removing surface water.
“During this second stage of the scheme, we will be continuing to work with North Tyneside Council to make sure we keep any disruption and inconvenience to a minimum.”
Cllr John Harrison, cabinet member responsible for Housing and Transport, said: “We are working in partnership with Northumbrian Water to ensure a coordinated approach and the best possible outcomes for local residents.
“The project will include the installation of additional road gullies, paid for by the council, to improve highway drainage and further reduce flood risk in the area. By working together, disruption and inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.”
It will be necessary to have some traffic management in place on Burnside Road and Marden Road during the course of this work.
Full details of traffic management plans will be available on Northumbrian Water’s community portal, www.nw-northcullercoatsproject.co.uk where residents can find more detailed information about the scheme.
The first phase of the flood alleviation project began in May last year where some 1,200 metres of the public sewer network was upgraded in north Cullercoats, and involved the construction of new and replacement pipes.
The water company also installed additional surface water pipes to increase the capacity of the network.
Northumbrian Water has been working with North Tyneside Council on this project as part of the North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership, which brings together a range of organisations to help improve how the borough prepares for and deals with future flooding incidents.
This sewer network upgrade is one of dozens of improvement programmes by Northumbrian Water, which is investing some £180 million on essential improvements each year from 2015 to 2020.
For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.
For more information contact Janine Scott, 0191 301 6713.
The North Tyneside Surface Water and Drainage Partnership brings together North Tyneside Council and its technical business partner Capita with Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and the area’s emergency services to deliver a package of improvements and co-ordinate a borough Flood Risk Management Strategy.