Northumbrian Water is working closely with Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Town Council, various developers and external partners to upgrade the sewer network in Morpeth.
To ensure that services meet the needs of key developments and future plans for the town, the water company will install a new foul (household waste) sewer to provide a new drainage connection for ongoing and proposed schemes to the north and west of Morpeth’s town centre.
The new 2.6 km sewer pipe will follow the route of the Northern Bypass cycle path, across Cottingwood Common, within the St George’s hospital site and along Dark Lane (A197).
As part of the work, Northumbrian Water will install 230 metres of new sewer pipe in the highway along Dark Lane (A197) between St George’s hospital and the roundabout for Morrison’s supermarket and Dacre Street.
A special public event where people can find out more about the project and meet the project team will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 between 3.00pm and 7.00pm at Morpeth Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ.
Working in conjunction with the Chamber of Trade, Morpeth Town Council and the Town Team, the project team has agreed to organise the work so that it takes place after the pre-Christmas period, which is extremely busy and important for businesses in the town.
It will start on Monday, January 9, 2017 and last until Thursday, April 13, 2017. Temporary closures of junctions exiting onto Dark Lane, at Dacre Street, Howard Road and Thorp Avenue will be in place with temporary traffic light controls.
The work will be carried out by Northumbrian Water’s contractors, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB).
Paul Davison, Northumbrian Water’s Project Manager, said: “We appreciate that this will have an impact on residents, businesses and their customers and we will do everything we can to reduce the disruption while we carry out this necessary work. I would like to encourage residents to come along to our public event to find out more and discuss any concerns they may have.”
Cllr Andrew Tebbutt, Mayor of Morpeth also wants to emphasise that Morpeth will still be accessible during the works. “We recognise that this work is essential, and acknowledge that Northumbrian Water has worked closely with all partners and stakeholders to minimise the impact on Morpeth. I encourage residents to come along to the public meeting on 6th December to see the plans for themselves. Morpeth will be fully open for business!”
An online community portal at www.nwlcommunityportal.co.uk will also allow people to keep up to date with the work. For further information call Northumbrian Water on 0345 717 1100 or tweet @nwater_care.
For further media information, contact Judith Huffee on 0191 3016772.
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In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK’s most trusted water company by its customers. 2016 also saw Northumbrian Water named the world’s most ethical water company for the sixth successive year.
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