Work enters second phase to reduce risk of flooding

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Work is continuing to reduce the risk of flooding in part of North Tyneside.

The second stage of a multi-million pound scheme to protect homes and businesses against flooding will get underway at the end of the month.

Northumbrian Water is investing £2.5m in the project which will see rainwater being diverted away from Cullercoats and out to the North Sea.

Work will begin on Monday, 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.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, 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.